As the IAEA conducted its interview, missile teams from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) carried out inspections at five separate sites: Al Fida Company, which is involved in the maintenance of the Al Samoud 2 missile launcher; Ibn Al Haythm, which is involved in the manufacture and assembly of the Al Samoud 2 missile; Al Samoud Factory, which fabricates Al Samoud 2 missile components; Al Mamoun, which manufactures solid propellant rocket motors and a location of field deployment of Al Samoud 2 missiles.”The teams continued to verify the number and location of Al Samoud 2-related items and to tag relevant items,” spokesman Hiro Ueki said.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC chemical team returned to Al Mutanna and continued the process of destroying the artillery shells filled with mustard gas. A second chemical team inspected two sites – Al Rasheed and Al Mamoun, both located in Baghdad – belonging to the State Establishment for Vegetable Oils.An UNMOVIC biological team inspected the College of Agriculture, the College of Sciences, and the College of Engineering, all located on the campus of Tikrit University in Tikrit, 160 kilometres northwest of Baghdad. Subsequently, the team inspected the College of Women Education at Tikrit University and a dairy factory, both located in south Tikrit, Mr. Ueki reported.In the capital, an UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected the Ibn Al Waleed State Company, a factory specialized in the repair and maintenance of military vehicles.As for the IAEA, one team inspected the Al-Feda’a hydraulics factory and the manufacturing, storage and repair facility for the State Company of Mechanical and Electrical Contracts, located south of Baghdad. A second IAEA team inspected Al Zawraa, an electronics company, while a third performed a car-borne radiation survey in an area 25 to 60 kilometres east of Baghdad.In other news, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the humanitarian oil-for-food operation, reported that Iraqi oil exports for the week ending 14 February totalled 11.4 million barrels for an estimated value of $315 million.
Holmes as best man to Watson and MaryCredit:BBC/Hartswood films Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s (New Year’s Day) first episode of three, he said: “This new series goes to a place where it will be hard to follow on immediately.“We never say never on the show, but in the immediate future we all have things we want to crack on with, and we’ve made something very complete as it its. So I think we’ll just have to wait and see” “I’m grateful that I and my family have our health and that I’m still doing the work I love, so it’s a golden moment. Of course, I now have extra responsibilities and I do have to make certain decisions about the future because there are more people in my life who are important to me”.For Cumberbatch, it seems, life mirrors art, with recent changes in Sherlock Holmes’ personal life reflecting with those in his own – although the actor was careful not to draw too close a comparison. Abbington, Cumberbatch and Freeman return for a fourth – and possibly final – series of the hit showCredit:BBC/Hartswood Films “He’s let care into his life”, Cumberbatch explained. “He cares about John Watson and his wife Mary, and the newborn daughter Rosamund Mary they introduce in the new episode.“Sherlock feels very protective towards the three of them, even though he’s not a natural when it comes to babies. I hope my skills and interaction with my own child are more engaged that his are!”Martin Freeman returns as Holmes’ redoubtable sidekick Dr Watson, just a week after it was announced he and partner Amanda Abbington, who also appears in the forthcoming fourth series, have separated.“I adore him,” Cumberbatch told The Daily Mail. “Well, he’s quite grumpy, but he’s adorable as well – he’s direct and nice and great fun to be with even when he’s grumpy because then it’s just fun to wind him up”. Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves), Mary Watson (Amanda Abbington), Dr John Watson (Martin Freeman), Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs), Mycroft Holmes (Mark Gatiss), Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey) in the new seriesCredit:Todd Antony/Hartswood Films Benedict Cumberbatch has given his strongest hint yet that the new series of Sherlock, will be the last – with contrasting family fortunes one possible reason for the decision.The Hollywood star, who turned 40 in the summer, suggested that despite enjoying a “golden moment” in his career, his priorities may have changed following the birth of his son. Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter, a theatre director, became parents for the first time with the arrival of Christopher last June, with a second child due in the spring.He added: “The older I get, the happier I am. Yes, work is going well, which is nice, but I’ve also had a very rich couple of years personally.