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world lead

July 2nd, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Palestinian teen's abduction, killing intensifies tensions in Mideast

Jerusalem (CNN) - The discovery of a slain Palestinian teen in Jerusalem early Wednesday triggered clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, further inflaming tensions that spiked this week with the discovery of the three Israeli teens' bodies.

Mohammad Abu Khedair, 17, was heading from his Jerusalem home to a mosque for prayers around 4 a.m. when three men forced him into a car and drove away, his father, Hussain Abu Khedair, told CNN. His body was discovered about an hour later at a forest in the city.

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May 5th, 2014
04:35 PM ET

'I will sell them,' Boko Haram leader says of kidnapped Nigerian girls

(CNN) – Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.

"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse.

"There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women," he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language.

Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end.

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April 24th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

CNN TV Exclusive: Malaysian PM not declaring passengers dead

(CNN) – More than six weeks after Flight 370 disappeared, Malaysia's prime minister says his government is still not prepared to declare it - and the 239 people on board - lost.

"At some point in time I would be, but right now I think I need to take into account the feelings of the next of kin - and some of them have said publicly that they aren't willing to accept it until they find hard evidence," Najib Razak told CNN's Richard Quest in an exclusive TV interview.

Still, he said, it is "hard to imagine otherwise."

Najib also announced that his government will release a preliminary report next week on the plane's disappearance. The report has already been submitted to the United Nations.

A month ago, Malaysia Airlines sent a text to relatives of the passengers saying "we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived."

Najib himself announced at the time that, based on satellite data from Inmarsat, investigators had determined the plane's "last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth. This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."

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April 16th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

MH370 passengers' families release unanswered questions

(CNN) - Families of some of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers released a list of questions Wednesday that they said authorities have so far not answered.

Many of the 26 questions focus on technical issues involving emergency locator transmitters, or ELTs, and "black boxes." With an apparent in-depth understanding of how these work, the families ask about the specific technology on the missing plane.

ELTs are designed to activate after a crash and send a signal to a frequency monitored by air traffic controllers. "Black boxes," or voice and data recorders, could shed light on what went on in the plane's cockpit and other crucial flight information.

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January 21st, 2014
05:20 PM ET

His administration under fire, Christie takes oath for second term

(CNN) - On the first day of his second term, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces brewing storms - literally and figuratively.

A scandal over alleged political retribution by his administration has already cost a top aide and campaign strategist their jobs, and now Christie faces multiple investigations that could harm the presidential ambitions of the early Republican front-runner for 2016.

Even the weather was against him, as a snow storm forced cancellation of his gala celebration on Ellis Island after Tuesday's second-term inaugural address.

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