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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

The trend of aviation troubles, with a plane missing in Africa today, and a crash in Taiwan yesterday.

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July 24th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

U.N. spokesman on shelter hit in Gaza: There's no excuse for firing at shelters

(CNN) – At least 16 people were killed and many more were wounded when a U.N. shelter in northern Gaza was hit during Thursday's fighting, officials said.

"What is clear is that our schools, our facilities of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNRA, are clearly marked. We've given out the coordinates for those schools," said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. Secretary General.
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July 24th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Fmr. NTSB official: Recent plane crashes are a coincidence

(CNN) – For the third time in just one week, a passenger plane has crashed.

But a former National Transportation Safety Board official says it is still safe to fly, and this is all just a horrible coincidence.
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July 24th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Sen. Ayotte: It's time for Europe to step up on sanctions against Russia

(CNN) – A day before the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the United States expanded sanctions against Russia, targeting two banks, two energy companies, Ukraine separatists and defense companies.

But in the wake of the downing of Flight 17, and the U.S. now saying it has proof that Russia is firing into Ukraine, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, is calling on Europe to do more.

"It is time for Europe to step up," Ayotte said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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July 23rd, 2014
06:13 PM ET

South African family of MH17 victim: Unlike pro-Russian rebels, the Dutch treated victims with respect, dignity

(CNN) – Cameron Dalziel was a father of two, a helicopter rescue pilot who had recently moved to Malaysia with his family.

He was on his way home after taking a training course when he was killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Watching the procession of coffins carrying many of the victims in the Netherlands today was "totally surreal," said Shane Hattingh, Cameron's brother-in-law.

"It was the weirdest feeling knowing that my brother-in-law could be in one of those - in one of those caskets," an emotional Hattingh said.

"I found myself wanting him to be there, and at the same time that's too selfish at this time," he said, adding that he hopes the children, the young victims of the crash, landed in the Netherlands first.
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July 23rd, 2014
05:46 PM ET

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine: Russia has its fingerprints on this crisis

(CNN) - Following on the heels of the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.

The Ukrainian government says missiles fired from Russian territory brought them down.

The U.S. has not confirmed the details of what happened, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine tells CNN.

"But if it is confirmed, it reflects an outrageous, continued escalation of the crisis by Russia, even after the SA-11 (surface-to-air missile system) brought down an airplane leading to the death of nearly 300 innocent people," Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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