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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

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 29th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Adults warring, children paying price

(CNN) – In three weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, so many of the victim's faces we've seen are young ones.

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July 29th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Should World Cup be pulled from Russia?

(CNN) – The White House announced new economic sanctions against Russia today, accusing Moscow of continuing to support pro-Russian separatists in neighboring Ukraine. The European Union also imposed their own new round of sanctions, warning that Russia will "find itself increasingly isolated by its own actions."

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies backing the rebels, or any involvement in the shooting down of flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. But it's not like Putin's KGB background inspired a wellspring of trust in the US when he took power.

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July 29th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

F-16 fighters drop bombs on Gaza

CNN's Karl Penhaul reports on some of the heaviest fighting in Gaza, as F-16 fighters continue to drop bombs.

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July 29th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

More Palestinian children killed by Israel in last 3 weeks than Israeli soldiers killed in military operations since 2006

It's hard to keep count of the number of times a cease-fire has been proposed, or rejected, or broken, or accepted for a limited time and discarded.

In the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it's been exceedingly difficult to get these parties to stop firing at each other for longer than 12 hours at a time.

Israel's relentless military assault on Gaza continues, and Hamas keeps firing rockets and sending fighters through tunnels into Israel. 56 Israelis have been killed in the fighting, almost all of them soldiers.

But nearly 1,200 Palestinians - mostly civilians - have been killed, according to the United Nations.

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev about the horrible human toll the conflict is taking on both sides.

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July 28th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

International investigators turned away again

It's been 11 days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the sky over Eastern Ukraine.

The crash site has been called the biggest crime scene in the world, and it still hasn't been secured.

Pro-Russian separatists, the leading suspects who also maintain control over the vast wreckage that spans dozens of square miles, turned away international investigators from the crime scene for a second day.

CNN's Jake Tapper asked OSCE spokesperson Michael Bociurkiw why his team was turned away again.

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