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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 28th, 2014
07:28 PM ET

Is the White House satisfied Israel doing everything it can to prevent civilian deaths?

(CNN) - There was renewed fighting in the Gaza conflict today, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledging "stamina and determination" as both sides launch deadly attacks.

The United Nations has called for an immediate cease-fire, but there is no sign that either side is taking it seriously. And with Secretary of State John Kerry just returning from a grueling week-long campaign to bring the area some peace - without much success - it's becoming increasingly unclear if the United States can do anything to stop the fighting.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken joined The Lead to discuss this, as well as the investigation into the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
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July 24th, 2014
05:06 PM ET

Investigators discover new MH17 wreckage

(CNN) – A week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, the crash site, with wreckage spreading out for miles, is still not secured.

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he has sent 50 Australian police to London so that they can be deployed to help lock down the crash site in Ukraine. Abbott says he realizes the rebel-controlled area could be dangerous, but that he has Russian President Vladimir Putin's support.

Incredibly, investigators on site have discovered a huge new piece of wreckage.
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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 18th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Ukrainian ambassador: Pro-Russian rebel's theories on plane crash 'total nonsense'

(CNN) – Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a pro-Russian controlled area of eastern Ukraine. Both the U.S. and Ukraine accuse Russia of supping rebels with the state-of-the-art weaponry, but President Barack Obama stopped short  of putting the blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It's very important for us to make sure that we don't get out ahead of the facts, and at this point, in terms of identifying specifically what individual or group of individuals or, you know, personnel ordered the strike," Obama said Friday.

Rebel websites suggested that the bodies discovered at the crash site were "long-dead," speculating the plane could have been MH370, which went missing earlier this year, hidden and then re-used to stage a "provocation."

"It's total nonsense," Ukrainian Ambassador to U.S. Olexander Motsyk said of the wild theory.
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July 16th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Four Palestinian boys killed in Gaza shelling

(CNN) – Four children were killed while playing on the beach in Gaza Wednesday.

The boys, ages 9 to 11, died when a shell from an Israeli gunship exploded near them at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza, according to Palestinian officials.

The Wall Street Journal's Nicholas Casey was in a nearby hotel when the attack occurred. When he got to the scene, he said he saw the burned, twisted, mutilated bodies of the children being pulled from a small hut near the harbor.
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