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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

national lead

July 31st, 2014
05:14 PM ET

CIA apologizes to Senate for spying

The CIA Director apologized to the Senate Intelligence Committee after admitting they had spied on the panel's computers.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Warning from American bomber in Syria

Before he blew himself up in Syria, an American-born jihadist made one more stop home.

U.S. officials are now acknowleding the frightening fact that the first known American sucide bomber in Syria returned to the U.S. after going through terror training overseas.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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world lead

July 30th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

Putin bets on Vegas, legalizes gambling in Crimea and Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies sending Russian troops into the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Of course, he also denied sending troops into Crimea back in March, and now maps have to be re-drawn.

Putin signed a law to turn Crimea into the Las Vegas of Russia, or at least the Tunica, Mississippi of Russia.

You know what they say: Whatever happens in Crimea stays in Crimea - because militias and Russia’s increasingly repressive government won't let it leave.

CNN’s Tom Foreman reports.

world lead

July 30th, 2014
07:00 PM ET

U.N. spokesman responds to shelling of Gaza shelter

(CNN) – The United Nations says this is the sixth time one of its schools, now used to shelter thousands of Palestinians, has taken a direct hit in the conflict in Gaza. Officials do not call these "attacks" on their compounds because, they say, that would suggest purposeful targeting.

Either way, the UN teams trying to help these people call the latest incident "a breaking point."

But who should be held responsible?
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world lead

July 30th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Investigators can't get to Flight 17 crash, CNN does

(CNN) – The Ukrainian government is now claiming that the pro-Russian separatists placed land mines and set up firing positions around the scene where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed.

And for the fourth straight day, international investigators say conditions were too dangerous to reach the site, leaving the top suspects in the downing of Flight 17 still in control of the crime scene.

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