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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

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 19th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Jerusalem ramps up security after deadly synagogue attack

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Jerusalem (CNN) - Jerusalem ramped up security after two Palestinian cousins wielding a gun and butcher knives attacked a synagogue during morning prayers, killing four worshipers and a police officer and wounding several others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed a strong reaction to Tuesday's killings. He characterized the attack, which drew condemnation from around the world, as the result of a "blood libel" fanned by Palestinian leaders.

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September 15th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Yet another beheading. What's the world going to do about ISIS?

(CNN) - ISIS beheaded another Westerner, a British aid worker. Britain's leader vowed the death won't stop his country from battling the terrorist group. And U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry courted Middle Eastern leaders to join a coalition in the fight.

Following this weekend's traumatic events, world leaders struggled Monday to come up with solutions to combat ISIS at a conference in Paris.

More than two dozen nations, the Arab League, the European Union and United Nations met in the French capital, calling ISIS a threat to the international community and agreeing to "ensure that the culprits are brought to justice."

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September 8th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

Palace: Catherine and William expecting 2nd child

(CNN) - Another royal baby is on the way.

Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to become parents for a second time, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

"The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news," the palace said. It didn't say when the due date will be.

As during her first pregnancy, Catherine is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, the palace said. The condition involves nausea and vomiting more severe than the typical morning sickness many women suffer during early pregnancy.

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August 26th, 2014
06:22 PM ET

Obama authorizes reconnaissance flights over Syria, U.S. official says

Washington (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized reconnaissance flights over Syria as ISIS militants continue to gain ground in the war-ravaged nation, a U.S. official told CNN.

The flights - seen as a forerunner of possible U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria - could begin at any point, the official said Monday.

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August 25th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight ISIS

(CNN) - The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists."

The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the country.

The war-racked nation has been losing control of the northeastern region to ISIS militants.

Moallem, however, warned against any unilateral action or strikes in Syrian territory without permission.

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