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July 30th, 2014
07:20 PM ET

Putin bets on Vegas, legalizes gambling in Crimea and Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies sending Russian troops into the Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Of course, he also denied sending troops into Crimea back in March, and now maps have to be re-drawn.

Putin signed a law to turn Crimea into the Las Vegas of Russia, or at least the Tunica, Mississippi of Russia.

You know what they say: Whatever happens in Crimea stays in Crimea - because militias and Russia’s increasingly repressive government won't let it leave.

CNN’s Tom Foreman reports.

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July 30th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

Investigators can't get to Flight 17 crash, CNN does

(CNN) - The Ukrainian government is now claiming that the pro-Russian separatists placed land mines and set up firing positions around the scene where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crashed.

And for the fourth straight day, international investigators say conditions were too dangerous to reach the site, leaving the top suspects in the downing of Flight 17 still in control of the crime scene.

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July 30th, 2014
06:12 PM ET

U.S. condemns shelling, gives Israel more ammunition

(CNN) - Using some of its strongest language since the fighting began, the Obama administration condemned the shelling of a U.N. shelter in Gaza today - though in very careful wording.

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July 29th, 2014
06:43 PM ET

Adults warring, children paying price

(CNN) - In three weeks of clashes between Israel and Hamas, so many of the victim's faces we've seen are young ones.

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July 29th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Should World Cup be pulled from Russia?

(CNN) - The White House announced new economic sanctions against Russia today, accusing Moscow of continuing to support pro-Russian separatists in neighboring Ukraine. The European Union also imposed their own new round of sanctions, warning that Russia will "find itself increasingly isolated by its own actions."

Russian President Vladimir Putin denies backing the rebels, or any involvement in the shooting down of flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine. But it's not like Putin's KGB background inspired a wellspring of trust in the US when he took power.

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