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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.

world lead

July 31st, 2014
07:30 PM ET

PLO Representative: Palestinians need way out of besieged Gaza

Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Palestinian Representative to the U.S., says Palestinians are in an open air prison as Israel continues bombing Gaza.

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
07:08 PM ET

Netanyahu adviser: I don't accept Gaza's casualty numbers

Sr. Foreign Policy Adviser to Netanyahu, Dore Gold, discusses the civilians caught in the middle of the violence in Gaza.

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world lead

July 31st, 2014
06:49 PM ET

American infected with Ebola tries experimental serum

For just the third time, ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert to level three, warning against non-essential travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Ebola death toll passed 700 on Thursday, 1,300 people have contracted the virus and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.

Among the sick are two Americans who may come home.

U.S. officials are in on-going talks about getting the Americans out of West Africa, and one of them may have just given up his only chance of survival to save the other.

CNN's Pamela brown reports.

world lead

July 31st, 2014
06:34 PM ET

'Precision' airstrikes hitting civilians in Gaza

Israel has claimed again and again that it is using precision strikes against Hamas in Gaza, but 70 to 80 percent of the people Israel is killing in Gaza are civilians, according to the United Nations.

The Pentagon says it's in the process of selling Israel more ammunition, as part of a “re-supply.”

The shipment includes illumination rounds and tank rounds, not precision rounds like missiles fired by drones or smart bombs fired by an F-16.

CNN’s Barbara Starr asks how precise these strikes can be if the overwhelming number of people they kill are civilians.

politics lead

July 31st, 2014
06:21 PM ET

After failure to pass border bill, House delays summer recess

Visions of vacation homes and fishing trips will have to wait for members of the House.

Their five-week recess was expected to start today, but the Republican Party’s leadership is delaying it after they pulled a $659 million emergency funding bill to deal with the thousands of undocumented immigrants detained at the border.

House Republicans called a meeting in the morning as it considers its next move.

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