- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2006

BRITAIN

Armed man caught at Blair residence

LONDON — An intruder armed with a knife was arrested yesterday after scaling a wall and getting into a secure area of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official London residence, police said.

The man was apprehended after he scaled a fence from a road open to the public at the back of 10 Downing Street into what officials describe as the building’s outer secure area.

Although the man was found to be carrying a knife, described in press reports as a large kitchen knife, police said they did not think the incident had any terrorism link. The man’s motive was not clear.

IRAQ

Gunmen kidnap 14 at computer store

BAGHDAD — Gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms snatched 14 persons near a computer store in central Baghdad yesterday, an Interior Ministry official said.

The gunmen drove into the area close to the Technology University in seven four-wheel-drive vehicles of a type commonly used by Iraqi security forces, the official added.

It was the latest of many mass kidnappings, some driven by sectarian hatred, but many also motivated by ransom demands — 26 workers were seized on Sunday from a meat-processing factory in the capital. Many kidnap victims end up among dozens of corpses found tortured and bound across the city, part of violence that is claiming as many as 100 lives a day, according to the United Nations.

UNITED NATIONS

Annan files financial forms

NEW YORK — Secretary-General Kofi Annan has submitted a form disclosing his financial records to the U.N. Ethics Office after initially refusing to do so, the United Nations said yesterday.

Mr. Annan decided to fill out the new U.N. financial-disclosure form earlier in the month, days after his refusal to do so became public.

“The secretary-general has filed,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said yesterday. He said Mr. Annan’s completed forms were delivered on Sept. 22.

The United Nations instituted new rules last year that tightened staff financial-disclosure requirements in effect since 1999. Mr. Annan is not required to fill out the form because he is technically not a staff member. His form will not be made public.

AFGHANISTAN

Suicide bomber hits NATO convoy

KABUL — A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a NATO convoy in Afghanistan’s capital yesterday, wounding three soldiers and three civilians, while 12 persons were killed in other violence across the country, officials said.

The suicide bomber jumped in front of the convoy in eastern Kabul, said Ali Shah Paktiawal, a senior police official. The attack occurred two days after a suicide bomber killed 12 persons and wounded more than 40 outside Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry.

Three NATO-led soldiers received minor injuries, said Maj. Luke Knittig, a military spokesman.

THAILAND

U.N. candidate quits Thaksin party

BANGKOK — Surakiart Sathirathai, the former deputy to Thailand’s ousted prime minister and a candidate for U.N. secretary-general, quit the deposed leader’s party along with more than 60 others yesterday, officials said.

The resignations came just one day after the military, which toppled Thaksin Shinawatra’s government on Sept. 19, imposed a draconian constitution and appointed a retired general as prime minister.

Mr. Surakiart, a former foreign minister whom Thailand has promoted as a successor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was the highest-profile of the former ministers and parliamentarians to defect from the party, according to party officials.

From wire service and staff reports

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