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The Takeaway: January 8, 2020

Highlights: US-Iran diplomacy could use an assist; Russian president continues campaign to build Russian role in region amid US-Iran crisis; Iraqi Kurdish leaders in US-Iran crossfire; and more!
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran flanked by U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Vice President Mike Pence and military leaders in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2SBE92V1RE

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