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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.

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July 24th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

U.N. spokesman on shelter hit in Gaza: There's no excuse for firing at shelters

(CNN) – At least 16 people were killed and many more were wounded when a U.N. shelter in northern Gaza was hit during Thursday's fighting, officials said.

"What is clear is that our schools, our facilities of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRA, are clearly marked. We've given out the coordinates for those schools," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. Secretary General.
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July 25th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

As nations seek more MH17 access, rebels reportedly getting impatient

(CNN) - Even as investigators say they need more access to bodies and wreckage from last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in eastern Ukraine, the pro-Russian rebels that control the territory say they're tiring of having any probe there, a spokesman for a monitoring group said Friday.

With the site still not secure eight days after the crash, and victims' remains still lying with debris, nations such as Netherlands are pressing to send their own police and investigators to the scene. Various negotiations are under way.

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July 25th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Challenge of identifying Flight 17 victims

(CNN) – By now, 198 coffins carrying remains from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are either in the Netherlands, or on the way there.

For many of the victims in those coffins, they are finally back in their homeland, because so many aboard the plane were Dutch citizens.

A team of 75 investigators from the Netherlands, France, Malaysia, and Australia – all countries who had citizens aboard the flight – will have the task of combing through the remains to try and match what is left to a name. They will use dental records, fingerprints, and DNA testing, which is considered the gold standard.

But as CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports, it is a science, but not a perfect science.

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July 25th, 2014
05:28 PM ET

'Disintegrated' Air Algerie plane found with no survivors; 'black box' recovered

(CNN) - French forces who secured the site of a crashed Air Algerie flight in Mali found one flight recorder but no survivors, French President Francoise Hollande said Friday.

Wreckage of the jet was found in a "disintegrated state" in Mali, he said, making it the third major international aviation disaster in recent days.

"Regrettably, there were no survivors. I share the pain of the families, who are going through terrible hardship," he said.

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July 25th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Dutch anger targets Putin's daughter

(CNN) – As the coffins roll through the streets of the Netherlands, the Dutch grief is turning to anger – and their latest target is Vladimir Putin's daughter, Maria.

CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports.

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July 25th, 2014
05:23 PM ET

Should the world 'do nothing' in Gaza?

(CNN) – With no significant ceasefire agreement, the U.S., Egypt, Qatar, and other countries will now return to negotiations to find a solution.

But the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. says the world should not be trying to stop the violence in Gaza, and do nothing instead.

"Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in the Gaza strip, and that while Hamas will resist demilitarization, and more civilians will suffer, by ending the cycle once and for all thousands of innocent lives will be saved," Michael Oren writes in The Washington Post.
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