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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips at open as U.S. air strike raises Middle East tensions

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Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell at the open on Friday after a U.S. air strike in Iraq killed a top Iranian commander, sharply escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, though a jump in energy shares kept losses in check.

* At 09:31 a.m. ET (14:31 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 41.39 points, or 0.24%, at 17,058.56. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)