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

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world lead

August 5th, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Fmr. U.S. envoy: Attack shakes U.S. confidence in Afghan security

(CNN) – A gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier opened fire at a training facility in Kabul and killed an American general – Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. The carnage marked the death of one of the highest-ranked U.S. military service members since 9/11, a Pentagon spokesman said.

A former U.S. envoy to Afghanistan said this attack undermines the United States' confidence in the ability of Afghans to take control of their own security in the next few months.
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August 5th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

IDF spokesman: Arrest made in kidnapping, murder of three Israeli teens

(CNN) – An arrest has been made in connection to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, an IDF spokesman confirmed in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.

"I don't know to what level of involvement he has in the incident," Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said.

The kidnapping and killing of the teens in many ways started this current crisis in the Middle East.
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August 5th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

American woman infected with Ebola arrives in U.S.

Atlanta (CNN) - Nancy Writebol's family says it was making funeral plans for her last week as she lay stricken with Ebola in Liberia amid the disease's deadliest recorded outbreak.

After an experimental serum and a plane flight, she's now the second human Ebola patient on U.S. soil, and her relatives think she has a fighting chance.

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August 5th, 2014
04:44 PM ET

Russia troop increase at Ukraine border raises concerns

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) - A new buildup of Russian troops along the Ukraine border raised concerns Tuesday that Moscow might be contemplating another intervention like the one that annexed Crimea earlier this year.

According to a NATO official, Russia now has about 20,000 troops stationed "in an area along the entire border with eastern Ukraine." The buildup nearly doubled the troop deployment in the last week by adding 8,000 more forces to 12,000 already there, the official said.

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