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sports lead

July 11th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Cleveland rocks over LeBron James return

(CNN) - After four years away, King James is sensationally taking his throne back to Cleveland.

LeBron James told Sports Illustrated for a story published Friday that he'll leave the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers - a bombshell return to his home region that he devastated when he left via free agency in 2010.

Friday's announcement by the prodigal son generated excitement in the lakeside city long starved for a professional sports championship. Car horns honked as the news spread, CNN's Martin Savidge reported from the city.

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July 11th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Al Arabiya bureau chief: Israel has been 'reckless' with civilian casualties

(CNN) – Pointing fingers, assessing blame. That's easy. Finding a solution to the escalating violence in the Middle East – that's hard.

Longtime Middle East specialist at the State Department Michele Dunne, now with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Washington bureau chief for Al Arabiya television Hisham Melhem discuss the current situation, and what can be done.

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July 11th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Rocket fired into northern Israel from Lebanon as Gaza conflict endures

Jerusalem (CNN) - The option of an Israeli ground invasion into Gaza remained on the table Friday, as Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel for another day.

But the conflict has had an uneven toll: Israel's airstrikes on Gaza in response to the rocket attacks have left more than 100 dead and have pushed medical facilities there to the brink, Palestinian officials said.

The spokesman for Gaza's Ministry of Health told CNN that more than 100 people - including 23 children and 24 women - have been killed, and nearly 800 others have been injured.

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July 11th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Airing of grievances: LeBron a festivus gift

(CNN) – The city of Cleveland, Ohio, has had more rivers go on fire than sports championships in the past 40 years.

Today, finally, they had something to cheer for when LeBron James announced he was returning to his hometown, and to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the franchise that took him as the number one overall pick in the draft back in 2003.
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July 11th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Why is Putin in Cuba?

(CNN) – President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cuba Friday, and his message in Havana was clear: Russia wants back into Cuba.

Ever since the fall of Soviet Union, Cuba's economy has been a basket case. Part of the problem was Russia has been demanding, for 20 years, that Cuba pay back $30 billion of assistance it provided during the Cold War.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

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