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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

Following Scotland's historic vote on independence from the U.K.

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August 5th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Gaza residents have a break from violence

(CNN) – For the first time in weeks fishermen in Gaza tended to their nets, a sign of optimism the current cease-fire might actually work. But they don't take their boats beyond the break wall, in case it doesn't.

When it comes to peace, Palestinians have learned to hedge their bets.

CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

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August 5th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Abbas adviser won’t condemn attacks from Gaza population centers

(CNN) – In the last moments before this fragile 72-hour cease-fire kicked in,
both sides got off some parting shots. CNN teams on the ground actually witnessed one Israeli strike on Gaza City early Tuesday morning, and heard several others.

And, according to the Israel Defense Forces, about 20 rockets were also fired from Gaza toward Israel minutes before the cease-fire went into effect.

Reporters from NDTV, an Indian news network, said they watched from their hotel room window as one of those rockets was prepared and launched from a packed civilian area of Gaza. The station showed video of the attack.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Mohammad Shtayyeh, also an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, would not condemn Hamas firing rockets right next to population centers.
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August 5th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

U.S. general killed, other troops wounded in Afghanistan attack, Pentagon says

Washington (CNN) - A gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a training facility in Kabul and killed an American general - carnage that a Pentagon spokesman said marked the death of one of the highest-ranked U.S. military service members since 9/11.

The Pentagon did not formally release the name of the slain general, but U.S. officials identified him to CNN as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby declined to identify the general, citing a policy of waiting 24 hours after the family is notified, but described him as a "very experienced officer" with "a lot of staff tours" and an "expert in infrastructure improvement, logistics."

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August 5th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

An on-the-ground look at Sierra Leone’s Ebola crisis

(CNN) – A widespread Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa. The emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders Tuesday made a plea for more international help in Sierra Leone, which has had the largest number of cases since the outbreak began.

Other areas like Guinea and Liberia are also getting hit hard.

CNN's David McKenzie is in Sierra Leone, where he spoke to some Ebola patients and the doctors who are treating them. Check out his report in the video above.

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August 5th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Police and controversy in the Old City of Jerusalem

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Jerusalem (CNN) – The Old City of Jerusalem was on edge, just hours into a fragile cease-fire, and a day after the current bloodshed between Israel and Gaza spilled into Jerusalem, with two deadly events the Israeli police characterized as terrorist attacks.

Just feet from the Wailing Wall is the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

"This morning there were already disturbances," said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. "Stones were thrown at our police officers, so they immediately responded. ... Also a Molotov cocktail was thrown at them, petrol bombs. So they had to quickly push them back."

On and off for the past few years, the Israeli police have banned some Muslims from praying here at Islam's third holiest site.

Resentment of this policy – and others – has resulted in many clashes in the past
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