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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 and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

The latest news and analysis on the crisis in Ukraine.

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April 22nd, 2014
05:51 PM ET

First distress call on S. Korean ferry from passenger, not crew, coast guard says

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Jindo, South Korea (CNN) – The first distress call from the ferry Sewol came not from the crew, but from a boy who used a cell phone to contact emergency services from aboard the sinking ship, the South Korean coast guard confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

CNN affiliate JTBC reported that the boy dialed South Korea's emergency number, telling dispatchers for a local fire service, "Help us. The boat is sinking." The boy's fate was not clear.

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April 22nd, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Where will Flight 370 search area move next?

(CNN) – The underwater drone searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is nearly done scanning the search area in the Indian Ocean – and still no sign of the plane's wreckage or data recorders.

The Australians say they expect "further refinement" in the data, that could lead to the search area being tweaked again in the next few weeks.

CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum, and CNN aviation analyst and attorney for victims and families of transportation accidents Mary Schiavo discuss.

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April 22nd, 2014
05:41 PM ET

Family of Flight 370 passengers suffer emotional, and financial toll

(CNN) – As seen in the countless images and videos of distraught family members, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has taken its toll emotionally.

But it also has a financial cost.

Now that a U.S. time limit for when lawyers can contact family members has passed, will families take more action?

CNN's Richard Quest reports on what these families need in order to be able to file insurance claims and lawsuits.

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April 21st, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Source: 'Massive and unprecedented' attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen

(CNN) – An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in the Yemeni provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, a high-level Yemeni government official being briefed on the strikes told CNN on Monday.

At least 65 suspected al Qaeda militants have been killed in Yemen - many in those two provinces - since Saturday, including 55 on Sunday and Monday, two Yemeni government officials said. The other 10 were killed in a Saturday drone strike in nearby al-Bayda province, an attack that also killed three civilians, a high-level Yemeni government official said.

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April 21st, 2014
06:11 PM ET

What if underwater drone searching for Flight 370 comes up empty?

(CNN) – The autonomous underwater vehicle searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is on its ninth deep sea dive, having covered more than two-thirds of the search area in the Indian Ocean.

If it doesn't find any wreckage in its final underwater missions, what happens next?

CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien, and CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum weigh in.

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