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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 news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

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March 14th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

U.S. officials: Missing plane likely crashed in Indian Ocean

(CNN) – Classified analysis of electronic and satellite data, conducted by the United States and Malaysian governments, calculates Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 likely crashed into the Indian Ocean on one of two possible flight paths, CNN has learned.

One flight path suggests the plane crashed into the Bay of Bengal off the coast of India, and the other has it traveling southeast and crashing in the Indian Ocean, according to the analysis.

CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

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March 13th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

Officials: Malaysian plane may have flown long after last contact

(CNN) – It's a mystery that authorities still haven't been able to solve: Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

There were still more questions than answers Thursday as U.S. officials said investigators might start combing the Indian Ocean in their search for the missing aircraft.

Why would authorities expand their search rather than narrowing it?

New information, U.S. officials told CNN, indicates the missing airplane could have flown for several hours beyond the last transponder reading.

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January 20th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Police warn Sochi hotels of ‘black widow’ terror suspect as Olympics near

(CNN) – Police in Sochi, Russia, have handed out fliers to hotels warning of a woman they believe could be a terrorist and who may currently be in the city, which is set to host the Winter Olympic Games.

One flier asks workers to be on the lookout for Ruzanna Ibragimova, described as the widow of a member of a militant group from the Caucuses.

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November 11th, 2013
05:12 PM ET

Marines head to the Philippines after typhoon catastrophe

(CNN) - After taking a chopper tour of the carnage in the Philippines, an American general said there were bodies everywhere.

The Marines have now touched down in the nation, to help the more than four million people affected by what could be the biggest storm ever known to man.

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has more on America's humanitarian effort in the aftermath of the typhoon.

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October 24th, 2013
05:50 PM ET

2 seized in pirate attack off Nigeria, U.S. official says

(CNN) - Armed men stormed a boat off Nigeria's coast and took hostage two mariners believed to be U.S. citizens, a U.S. official said Thursday.

Pirates kidnapped the captain and chief engineer from a U.S.-flagged oil platform supply vessel in the Gulf of Guinea on Wednesday, the official said.

Details about the crew members' conditions and the condition of their ship, the C-Retriever, were not immediately available.

Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, which owns the vessel, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Travel by sea can be perilous in the region where the attack occurred, one analyst said Thursday.
"The danger there is extreme," said Capt. Don Marcus, president of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots.

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