Former Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson will give up about $7 million compared with what he would have received had he retired in March as planned. His confirmation hearings for secretary of state are tentatively set to begin Jan. 11. Jon Gambrell/AP hide caption

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Rex Tillerson Cuts Ties With Exxon Mobil In Advance Of Confirmation Hearings

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During his annual news conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he agreed with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that even someone lying on their sofa could have hacked the Democratic National Committee. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How The Trump Campaign Weakened The Republican Platform On Aid To Ukraine

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A U.S. military policeman stands in front of Air Force fighter jets that were part of a NATO show of strength in Romania in April intended to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine. Andreea Alexandru/AP hide caption

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CIA Director John Brennan discussed ISIS, the FBI-Apple dispute over an iPhone, the state of the Iran nuclear deal, and his future plans as President Obama's term draws to a close. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks in front of the map of the Russian Federation, with Crimea on the left of the map, during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The Kremlin has responded angrily to the latest round of U.S.-EU sanctions over the annexation of Crimea. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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