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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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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 22nd, 2014
06:06 PM ET

International outrage, but little action over MH17

(CNN) – From Australia, to London, to Ukraine, where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 lies scattered, international outrage is mounting.

"What we have seen is evidence tampering on an industrial scale," Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday.

UK leader David Cameron spoke of "sickening reports of looting of victims' possessions, and interference with evidence."

"This is barbarian style," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said of the handling of the remains.

There is growing fury at the thought of a commercial airliner being shot down in plain sight, and at the pro-Russian separatists now lording over the crime scene.

"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama said Monday.

So far, however, aside from voicing anger, no country has taken significant action to wrest control from the rebels.
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July 22nd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Some tough questions for Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

(CNN) – The rockets from Gaza keep flying, and now they're shutting down international flights into and out of Israel, after a large rocket landed just a mile from Tel Aviv's international Airport.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. brushed off the FAA's decision prohibiting U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours.

"From what I understand, the FAA decision was a procedural decision," Amb. Ron Dermer said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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July 22nd, 2014
05:28 PM ET

Remembering a victim, and a visionary aboard MH17

(CNN) –  Fatima Dyczynski was an innovator, a visionary, and sadly, one of the innocent victims, aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The 25-year-old aerospace engineer was on her way from Amsterdam to begin a new life in Perth, Australia as an intern at IBM.
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July 22nd, 2014
05:17 PM ET

Why the world is slow to act on Flight 17

(CNN) – While leaders in Europe and across the globe continue to drag their feet, the French just went ahead and sold Russia a brand new war ship.

Continental Europe, the big powers such as Germany, France, and even the Netherlands "have been remarkably restrained given the enormity of the tragedy here," said CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

"Part of the problem here is that Europe has very deep economic ties, very deep energy dependence on Russia," he says.

For more of our interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, watch the video above.

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July 22nd, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Is it still safe to fly?

(CNN) – In the wake of a passenger plane being shot out of the sky, and news that airlines are suspending operations into and out of Tel Aviv, many travelers are probably asking themselves: Is it safe to fly right now, over any troubled region of the globe?

"The Malaysia Airline incident must have reinforced the importance of being better safe than sorry. No question. I think travelers would appreciate that," said former secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff, founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group.
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