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More Scoop Feedback On Iraq – NZ Depleted Uranium Inquiry Gathers Pace
French-Japanese Nuclear Waste Shipment On Its Way
Massive Ecstasy Haul
Read The Labels To Avoid European Beef
Court Opens Way To Charge Utility Co. Rates
Fiji Court Bars Constitutional Commission
Kiwi’s Generous With Salvador Aid

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More Scoop Feedback On Iraq – NZ Depleted Uranium Inquiry Gathers Pace

- Regarding the sanctions against Iraq and the death of children, please note that Saddam has raised billions - yes billions - of US$ which he is permitted to use to buy food and medicines. This money is from UN approved oil sales. See... Scoop Feedback: Iraqi Sanctions [1] . Meanwhile the investigation into the possible risk to New Zealand personnel from exposure to expended depleted uranium munitions is proceeding with some urgency, the Minister of Defence Mark Burton said. See... NZ investigation into DU gathers pace [2] . FULL COVERAGE: - Scoop Feedback: Sanctions Kill Children! [3] - Scoop Images: Flowers For Children [4] - Iraq protests on Tuesday [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00043.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00024.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00019.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0101/S00010.htm


French-Japanese Nuclear Waste Shipment On Its Way

- The New Zealand Government has expressed its very strong concern at news a shipment of nuclear waste is to leave France for Japan. See... Goff Condemns Latest Nuclear Waste Shipment [1] . - But the Greens say the Government must back up its concern over shipments of nuclear fuel and waste with action and take all steps possible to keep shipments out of New Zealand waters. See... Government's 'concern' over nuke shipments not enough [2] . - Greenpeace too is far from delighted. See... Arrests During Night Of Armed Plutonium Transports [3] and BNFL And COGEMA Abuse French Justice System [4] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00047.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0101/S00048.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00016.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00015.htm


Massive Ecstasy Haul

- - The New Zealand Customs Service has this week effected their single biggest seizure of the drug Ecstasy, Phil Chitty, Manager Drugs/Prohibited Goods Investigations said today. Record Ecstasy Seizure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0101/S00005.htm


Read The Labels To Avoid European Beef

- At Customs - ONLY one small consignment of food has been denied entry to New Zealand since the Customs Service two weeks ago started checking all food imports suspected of containing European beef or beef products after the Ministry of Health banned European beef imports. See… Only One European Beef Consignment Halted [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0101/S00006.htm


Court Opens Way To Charge Utility Co. Rates

- Following a landmark Federal Court decision in Australia, which could have ramifications here, private utility companies are about to be charged council rates for using public land to run things like cables. See… Court Opens Way To Charge Utility Co. Rates [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0101/S00031.htm


Fiji Court Bars Constitutional Commission

-Fiji Court Bars Constitution Commission from sitting with immediate effect. See... Court Bars Constitution Commission from sitting [1] . and Win-win-win for democracy in Fiji [2] for the People’s Coalition Government view.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00019.htm


Kiwi’s Generous With Salvador Aid

- The New Zealand Red Cross has raised $110,000 so far in response to Saturday’s massive earthquake in El Salvador, with $100,000 received from the Government and $10,000 from public donations. See... $110,000 response to Red Cross earthquake appeal [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0101/S00017.htm

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