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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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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

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April 23rd, 2014
06:41 PM ET

South Korea ferry disaster: Divers say there are no air pockets left

(CNN) – South Korean officials continue to call their operation a search and rescue mission, but hopes are fading that survivors of the sunken ferry Sewol may yet be found.

Rescue officials said Wednesday that divers have yet to find an air pocket on the third or fourth decks, where most of the passenger bedrooms and the ship's cafeteria are located.

Rescuers haven't found a single survivor since 174 people were rescued the day the ship sank one week ago.

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April 23rd, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Pope stirs Communion debate with call to woman

Rome (CNN) – Pope Francis called an Argentine woman married to a divorced man and reportedly told her that she could receive the sacrament of Communion, according to the woman's husband, in an apparent contradiction of Catholic law.

Julio Sabetta, from San Lorenzo in the Pope's home country, said his wife, Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona, spoke with Francis on Monday.

Jacqueline Sabetta Lisbona wrote to the pontiff in September to ask for clarification on the Communion issue, according to her husband, who said his divorced status had prevented her from receiving the sacrament.

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April 23rd, 2014
05:55 PM ET

MH370 search: 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast

(CNN) - Australian officials say an "object of interest" in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been found, but Malaysian authorities said it was too early to tell if it is a real lead.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Martin Dolan described the object as appearing to be sheet metal with rivets and said it was recovered on the coast of Western Australia.

"It's sufficiently interesting for us to take a look at the photographs," he said. "We take all leads seriously."

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April 23rd, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Analysis: Debris from Flight 370 will be 'scattered far and wide'

(CNN) – Is a newly found "object of interest" a potential confirmation on the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, or will it become the latest dead end in the search?

At this late stage, "whatever debris there was will be scattered far and wide," says CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum. "This is a message to anybody living on a coastline around the Indian Ocean, that your beach combing could yield a very important clue."
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April 23rd, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Ukrainian-Russian truce now shattered

(CNN) – Does the term "cease-fire" translate to something else in Russian or Ukrainian?

Because the truce between those two countries, that deal the U.S. helped seal just last Thursday, is already shattered.

Just as American troops arrive in Ukraine's neighbor Poland to rattle sabres at Russia with a brand new round of military exercises, Ukraine is relaunching its "anti-terrorist" operation against pro-Russia separatists in four cities in the eastern part of the country.

That move earned a sharp rebuke from Russia's foreign minister.
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