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Attacks Fail to Disrupt Iraqi Election

Only scattered insurgent attacks marred Iraq's election on Thursday as disaffected Sunni Arabs joined in the vote, determined to have more say in government.

Does Dirty Air Hurt Intelligence?

The people who breathe the United States' most unhealthy factory air worry about more than just asthma and other respiratory problems. They also want to know if their daily dose of toxic pollution is slowing the academic and physical development of their children.

Elephants Kill, But Not Like Crocs

Crocodiles took a narrow lead over elephants as the most dangerous animal to man in Zimbabwe, a conservation group reported Wednesday. Crocodiles dragged away 13 people -- including children -- and ate them in the first 10 months of 2005, according to the Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources.

This Train Is Nothing to Be Snorted At

Now that Russian law gives its hard-working citizens a long holiday between Jan. 1 and Orthodox Christmas, how about a train trip?

Business in Brief

Reserves Jump to Record The country's foreign currency and gold reserves rose to a record $169.1 billion as of Dec. 9, surging $700 million from a week before, the Central Bank said Thursday. The reserves rose for a fifth straight week. Reserves have advanced from $12 billion in 1998, when then-President Boris Yeltsin's government defaulted on $40 billion in domestic debt. Soaring crude oil prices have boosted revenue from abroad and helped push up the ruble, forcing the Central Bank to sell the currency to limit its strength. (Bloomberg) S&P Raises Rating Standard & Poor's raised Russia's sovereign debt rating a step further into investment grade territory on Thursday, citing high oil prices and successful debt management. Markets were taken by surprise after S&P raised Russia's long-term foreign currency country rating to BBB from BBB-, bringing its rating into line with the other two major rating agencies, which rate Russia's debt two notches above junk.

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