Today's Takeaways: An Evolving Crisis in Iraq, A Tiny Town Seeks Nuclear Waste, and Putin's Path

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An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter poses for a picture on the front line in Makhmur, about 175 miles north of the capital Baghdad, during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants. August 9, 2014
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