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world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Report from Borneo: Attempts to identify victims

(CNN) - As families of the victims of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 struggle to come to grips with their loved ones being gone, Indonesian authorities are searching the sea for more wreckage and more victims.

Officials are now bringing bodies to a mid-way point, so they can start the grim process of identifying them.

CNN's Paula Hancocks reports live from Borneo.

world lead

December 31st, 2014
06:00 PM ET

Search delays compound families' grief

(CNN) - A sad homecoming for some of the passengers on the doomed jet, as two bodies - victims recovered from the Java Sea - arrived in Surabaya, the same city their fated plane left early Sunday morning.

The numbered caskets, escorted by rescue workers and soldiers, hammered home the devastating reality that the 162 souls who boarded AirAsia Flight QZ8501, including 18 children, are almost certainly all gone. So far, Indonesian officials say rescue teams have recovered a total of seven bodies, including a woman wearing a flight attendant's uniform.

All of them will ultimately wind up at hospitals or morgues for the grim but necessary process of examining and identifying the bodies, to give families closure and to look for any evidence that might strip away the layers of mystery about how this jet went down.

Clues that might give the families and friends of the passengers - and the world - some answers.

CNN's Andrew Stevens reports live from Surabaya on the latest.

world lead

December 31st, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Nasty weather hampers AirAsia search

(CNN) - The array of ships, planes, helicopters, and divers looking for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 had to abort yesterday's search two hours early as heavy rain, wind, and towering waves shrouded the scene in a misty dark fog.

Efforts remain focused on the Karimata Strait where crews first spotted debris. Indonesian officials now say they think the plane's main fuselage might be there as well.

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux joins "The Lead" with the latest on the hunt for the wreckage.

national lead

December 30th, 2014
06:47 PM ET

Was Sony hack an inside job?

(CNN) - With many experts now doubting North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures hack, the FBI agents investigating the breach were briefed by a cyber security firm that did some reverse hacking of its own.

It says this may have been an inside job and not some army of cyber warriors loyal to dear leader. The feds, at least publicly, are saying there's still no doubt over who hacked Sony.

CNN justice corespondent Pamela Brown joins "The Lead" with all the latest.

world lead

December 30th, 2014
06:21 PM ET

Debris field in ocean sinks family members' hopes

(CNN) - While the discovery of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 debris is no doubt a gut punch to anyone who had been holding out hope that there were survivors, analysts can now start to piece together just what brought down this plane.

CNN's aviation correspondent Rene Marsh joins "The Lead" to discuss the latest in the search efforts.

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