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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
As Kunduz Falls A Prison Riots Leaves Hundreds Of Taliban Dead
CHH Abandons GE Pine Trials To Avoid Political Storm
Stateside: Turkey Day In San Francisco
Feedback: Japanese Tourists Reluctant Before 9/11
Nats Not Holding Breath For Virgin Blue Deal
The Economic Outlook – Jobs Report And Bank Analysis
Pope Says Sorry To Oceania
Israel’s Destruction Of Palestinian Homes Condemned
Images: Low Key Pomp & Circumstance In East Timor
NZ Scientists Shed Light On Dinosaurs’ Demise
Gooey Duck Researcher Loves The Work
Scoop Images: In The Pink
Keeping Local Body Politicians Too Their Word – Read The WPG Election Petition Evidence
Katya Rivas

AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Christian Brutality Through The Ages
A Letter Exhorting Musharraf To Abandon Coalition
Keeping The Pressure On The Government Over Afghanistan
Singing For Peace Signs Up The Beeb
Meeting On Afghanistan’s Future Tuesday
THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Human Cloning Concerns Raised By US Announcement
Aucklanders Deserve A Visit Before Being Sprayed
Annette King Talks Commonwealth Health
Surfers Have Rights Too - ACT
Immigrants Will Need To Be More Skillful
Sutton Off To HK And Singapore
Major Dodson And Ron Mark’s Military Record
East Timor Kiwi Killer Trial Update
Radiotherapist Settlement Would Be Cheaper Than Trans-Tasman Care
Lake Alice Doctor Should Be Brought Home And Tried


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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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As Kunduz Falls A Prison Riots Leaves Hundreds Of Taliban Dead

- The Northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz has fallen to the Northern Alliance on a day that also saw a riot in a Northern Alliance prison end in the deaths of an estimated 700 Taliban prisoners. The following are links to wire reports of today’s developments. See... Scoop Links: Kunduz Falls, 100s Die In Prison Riot [1] . Scroll down for Afghanistan War full coverage.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00150.htm


CHH Abandons GE Pine Trials To Avoid Political Storm

- As forestry giant Carter Holt Harvey abandons its New Zealand trials of genetically modified pine trees, the summer planting program for GM canola crops in the south east of South Australia has started. Maree Howard reports. See... Oz GE Cropping Underway As CHH Gets Cold Feet [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens Welcome Carter Holt's GE Decision [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00146.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00417.htm


Stateside: Turkey Day In San Francisco

- I spent Turkey Day at home this year enjoying the delights of the Norse god who has moved in with me. A couple of days earlier I'd paid two burly Sikhs to carry him up the stairs and over the threshold into my apartment, and now his perfectly symmetrical face beams at me from the kitchen. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Thanksgiving [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00145.htm


Feedback: Japanese Tourists Reluctant Before 9/11

- A little research on behalf of the Minister and his advisors would have made him aware that the problems of the diminishing Japanese tourism market go rather more deeply than the effects of 911 and a fear of travelling. See... Scoop Feedback: Japanese Demise, Twists Of Logic [1] . See also ... Minister looks to rekindle Japanese interest [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00149.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00421.htm


Nats Not Holding Breath For Virgin Blue Deal

- The public will have little faith in the Government having meaningful talks with discount airline, Virgin Blue. See... Expect All Talk And No Action With Virgin Blue [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00422.htm


The Economic Outlook – Jobs Report And Bank Analysis

The TMP Job Index Survey results released today (26 November) shows that levels of permanent employment optimism have fallen sharply. This is in strong contrast to the previous three consecutive survey periods of high optimism. See... Employment Optimism Plummets! [1] . See also…WestpacTrust And New Zealand After September 11 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00221.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0111/S00229.htm


Pope Says Sorry To Oceania

- The opening words of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Oceania are a clear indication of the document's relation to the series of papal documents, employing the same formula, which have concluded the various continental synodal assemblies called by the Holy Father in preparation for the Third Millennium in Tertio millennio adveniente, 38 (2). See... Apostolic Exhortation Summary: Ecclesia in Oceania [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00176.htm


Israel’s Destruction Of Palestinian Homes Condemned

- "Homes are demolished usually with a few minutes or no warning at all, causing material loss and trauma to thousands of Palestinians. These policies are unacceptable and must end," Amnesty International said. See... Israel's Policy Of Closures And Demolitions [1] . See also... Five Children Dead. Time To Start Monitoring? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00181.htm


Images: Low Key Pomp & Circumstance In East Timor

- On a beautifully clear Sunday morning at the New Zealand Battalion Forward Operating Base on the outskirts of Suai township, East Timor, a sense of anticipation and excitement filled the air as the remaining members of the Fourth New Zealand Battalion Group (NZBatt 4) prepared to formally handover the responsibility for New Zealand’s Peace-keeping efforts in the Cova Lima District, to the Fifth New Zealand Battalion Group (NZBatt 5). See... Images: NZ Army Handover Ceremony held in Suai [1] and Images: Kiwis in East Timor UN Downsizing Ceremony [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00177.htm


NZ Scientists Shed Light On Dinosaurs’ Demise

- A New Zealand-led group of scientists has found the first evidence for global destruction of forests when a large asteroid hit the Earth 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs. Coal And Pollen Shed Light On Global Catastrophe


Gooey Duck Researcher Loves The Work

- Marine scientist Paul Gribben reckons he has a dream job; travelling to some of the best harbours in New Zealand, diving for seafood and getting paid while he completes his PhD. See... Love A Duck [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0111/S00052.htm


Scoop Images: In The Pink

- Two images of the environs of the most photogenic mountain village in the world, Ohau, taken by Norman Mackay . See... Scoop Images: Paradise Found [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00142.htm


Keeping Local Body Politicians Too Their Word – Read The WPG Election Petition Evidence

- Judge McElrea will give his decision on the Petition of Inquiry into the Auckland Local Body Election in the Auckland District Court this Wednesday November 28 at 3.00pm. See... Local Body Election Challenge Decision Due Wed. [1] . See also... Don't Go Into The Quagmire! [2] . See also... Images: Water Group’s Interdimensional Picket [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0111/S00029.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00138.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00141.htm


Katya Rivas

- The happiest moment for children is that which they can spend with their little friends, talking, playing, and having a good time. The same happens with Me. See... Katya Rivas: My Divine Wish [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00144.htm


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AMERICAN STRIKES - FULL COVERAGE

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Firas Al-Atraqchi: Christian Brutality Through The Ages

- Evangelists like Franklin Graham display an uncanny lack of historical knowledge of Christian practices during the Middle Ages and beyond. For a man who carries the Bible with him and preaches of the compassion of Christ, to utter such unfathomable hatred is truly mind-boggling. See... History Revisited: One God, One Humanity [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0111/S00148.htm


A Letter Exhorting Musharraf To Abandon Coalition

- I am sure you are alarmed by the statement of Mr Blackwill, the US Ambassador in India, about Kashmir. He is reported to have said that the US war on terrorism would deal with resistance in Kashmir in its next stage. See... Plea To Withdraw From Coalition - To Musharraf [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00179.htm


Keeping The Pressure On The Government Over Afghanistan

- With the Alliance Party currently reviewing its contentious support for the war against the people of Afghanistan, and the Labour Party conference on the weekend of 1 December, it is a particularly good time for you to make your views known to Alliance and Labour ... See... Alert! War Update/ Write Now [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00139.htm


Singing For Peace Signs Up The Beeb

- www.sing4peace.com The BBC IS On Board On The Peace Train An Update – Saturday 24th November Over the last day or so, many more registrations from all over the world have been added to the Sing4Peace website including one from BBC radio. See... The BBC IS On Board On The Peace Train [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00137.htm


Meeting On Afghanistan’s Future Tuesday

- Logistical constraints will push a planned meeting of Afghan factions in Bonn back from Monday to Tuesday, a United Nations spokesman announced today. See... Meeting of Afghan factions Tuesday in Bonn [1] . See also Amnesty International... Afghanistan: A Human Rights Agenda For The Future [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00183.htm


THE RECEIVED VERSION - OFFICIAL US & UK GOVT COMMENTS

- Presser: Jack Straw and Pakistan Foreign Minister [1] - Thanksgiving Radio Address - George Bush [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0111/S00182.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Human Cloning Concerns Raised By US Announcement

- United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is calling on the Government to state clearly where it stands on human cloning issues, in the light of United States' reports that human cloning has happened there. See... Where Does New Zealand Stand On Human Cloning? [1] and GE Free NZ… Cloning Of Humans Heralds A Sci-Fi Future [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00430.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0111/S00056.htm


Aucklanders Deserve A Visit Before Being Sprayed

- Titirangi MP David Cunliffe today called on Biosecurity Minister Jim Sutton to visit the West Auckland Painted Apple Moth programme. See... Moth Problem Needs Ministerial Visit - Cunliffe [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00429.htm


Annette King Talks Commonwealth Health

“It is a privilege for me to accept the role of chair for this meeting – the Thirteenth Meeting of Commonwealth Health Ministers.” See... A King: 2nd Plenary Session, as Chair of 13CHM [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00427.htm


Surfers Have Rights Too - ACT

- ACT Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today called on the Minister of Local Government Sandra Lee to step in and give clear a direction that local councils should not be passing punitive restrictive rules such as that which will see surfers, windsurfers and boogie ... See... Wetsuit Regulation An Infringement of Rights [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00426.htm


Immigrants Will Need To Be More Skillful

- The government is to increase by one point the qualifying passmark for General Skills category migrants seeking permanent residence in New Zealand. General Skills Category Passmark Adjusted [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00431.htm


Sutton Off To HK And Singapore

- Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton leaves New Zealand today for a four-day trip to Singapore and Hong Kong. See... Trade Minister To Visit Singapore And Hong Kong [1] . Meanwhile the Trade Liberalisation network has issued a warning on environmental trade connections. See…Risks From Negotiating On Environment In WTO [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00423.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00142.htm


Major Dodson And Ron Mark’s Military Record

-Calls for a High Court judge to hold an inquiry into General Maurice Dodson's actions in investigating Ron Mark's military records, is totally absurd, ACT leader Richard Prebble says. See... ACT Condemns NZ First Call For Inquiry Into Dodson [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00420.htm


East Timor Kiwi Killer Trial Update

- The New Zealand government continues to closely follow the trial in Jakarta of Yacobus Bere, who is accused of killing New Zealand peacekeeper, Private Leonard Manning in East Timor last year said Foreign Minister Phil Goff. See... Update On Yacobus Bere Trial [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00419.htm


Radiotherapist Settlement Would Be Cheaper Than Trans-Tasman Care

- It is costing more to send women to Australia for radiotherapy treatment than it would to meet the wage increase that would keep departing radiation therapists in this country, the Green Party has pointed out. See... Pay radiotherapists, not airfares [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0111/S00412.htm


Lake Alice Doctor Should Be Brought Home And Tried

- Libertarianz health spokesman Dr Richard McGrath today threw his party's support behind efforts to bring to justice the doctor who tortured children and adolescents at Lake Alice mental hospital in the 1970s. See... Extradite Selwyn Leeks! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0111/S00141.htm

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