UN arms team ends first day of searches in Iraq

BAGHDAD - A UN arms team, barred by Baghdad from entering government ministries, completed its first day of searches yesterday without prompting a new stand-off with Iraq, Reuter reports.

'We went where we planned to go,' said Nikita Smidovich, the head of the 22-member team. He declined to say whether the team tried to inspect any government ministries, put off-limits by Baghdad last Thursday, or whether the inspection site was in or outside the capital.