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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

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July 22nd, 2014
04:32 PM ET

Dutch PM: Identifying bodies could take months

(CNN) – A train carrying the remains of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash victims arrived in Kharkiv on Tuesday. Investigators were going through the train cars and transferring bodies to a factory, where a facility was set up to transfer them to coffins and get them on a military plane to the Netherlands for forensic investigation.

Dutch investigators had confirmed there were at least 200 bodies transported from the crash site, Jan Tuinder, head of the Dutch delegation, told reporters. Another Dutch official said investigators were still going through the train cars and it was possible all the crash victims were on the train.

Earlier Tuesday Malaysian official Mohd Sakri said there were 282 corpses aboard the train and 87 body parts.

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July 22nd, 2014
04:30 PM ET

U.S. bans Israel flights, citing rocket attack

(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours.

"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile" from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said.

The suspension comes amid ongoing conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on Tuesday.

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July 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Flight 17 grief hits the Netherlands hard

(CNN) – At Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, the grim reality of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's fate is setting in.

Most of the victims of the downed airline were from the Netherlands.

It is a nation with fewer residents than the state of Florida. And every loss – every child, mother and friend now gone - reverberates with the Dutch in waves of unspeakable grief.
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July 21st, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Family friend of American killed in Gaza: We look at him today as a hero

(CNN) - Two dual Israeli-American citizens were killed Sunday by Hamas: California native Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli, from South Padre Island, Texas, the U.S. State Department said.

Sean was a typical kid, who did well in school, and always had a smile on his face, said Rabbi Asher Hecht, a family friend

"He was very proud of his Jewish identity. He was very proud to fight in the IDF, the Israel Defense Force," Hecht said.
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July 21st, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Investigators scramble to control Flight 17 crash site

(CNN) – As aircraft disaster investigations go, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flighty 17 promises everything, but delivers almost nothing.

It has witnesses, debris fields, the so-called black boxes, and experienced accident investigators not far away in Kiev.

But this catastrophe has so far lacked immediate and complete access.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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