January 31, 2005

Election officials estimated that more than 8 million Iraqis or about 60% of the eligible electorate voted in yesterday's election. It will be days before the results, and turnout with the various ethnic and religious breakdowns are known.

After the election, Iraqi interim Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib suggested U.S.-led forces could leave Iraq within 18 months. Sounds a bit optimistic.

Dubai International Capital, an investment company owned by the government of the Persian Gulf emirate, has purchased a $1 billion stake in DaimlerChrysler. Dubai is now the auto maker's third-largest shareholder.

According to the WWF, global warming may kill off the polar bears in 20 years. By 2026, the earth could be an average 3.6°F warmer than it was in 1750, according to research to be presented at a conference on climate change.

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