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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Hamas And Islamic Jihad Kill Three Israeli Soldiers In Gaza
ANZ Bank Cleared To Purchase National Bank
Political Reaction To National Bank Sale
SPECIAL REPORT: Work Life Balance
NZ NEWS HEADLINES:
Five New Nations Line Up For Security Council Admission
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Diebold Memo's Smoking Gun – Volusia County Florida 2000
Stateside: Bush's Visit To Canberra As Seen In San Francisco
Dennis Hans: The Gloss Comes Of Seymour Hersh
Public Address's Latest
Meditations On The Darkness Before The Dawn
Toni Solo: Authentic Americans
Norma Sherry Continues Analysis Of The Export Of American Jobs
Daily Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt Hands Over Light Armoured Vehicles To NZ Army
Don Brash Plans To Set The Media Straight Today
The View From The Ninth Floor & Elsewhere
Matt Robson On Iran's Nukes
These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees
The Cannabis Debate Round Two - Wellington
Govt. Money For Lord Of The Rings Premiere
Michael Cullen Talks Foreshore Issues & Air NZ
Safer Community Councils A Failure – NZ First
UN Day Speech From NZ's Foreign Minister

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LEAD STORY:
Hamas And Islamic Jihad Kill Three Israeli Soldiers In Gaza

- Article: AlJazeera - Three Israelis soldiers were shot dead and a further two Israelis wounded when two Palestinian gunmen infiltrated a a heavily-guarded settlement in the Gaza Strip and opened fire. See... Gaza: Hamas, Islamic Jihad Kill 3 Israeli soldiers [1] ALSO: IIFWP Delegation Visits Gaza Strip [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00274.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00273.htm


ANZ Bank Cleared To Purchase National Bank

- The Reserve Bank today announced that it has consented to the ANZ Banking Group (New Zealand) Limited purchase of the National Bank of New Zealand Limited. See… Reserve Bank consents to ANZ National Bank purchase [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00238.htm


Political Reaction To National Bank Sale

- The Reserve Bank's stand alone condition of approval on the sale of National Bank to ANZ looks like making the best of a bad situation says ACT Associate Commerce Spokesman Stephen Franks. See... Stand Alone National Bank or Propping Up ANZ? [1] MORE: - NZ First - Bank Deal Anti Competitive And Bad News [2] - Progressives - NZ's financial system owned overseas [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00603.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00600.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00596.htm


SPECIAL REPORT:

Four Weeks Annual Leave Approaches - Skill shortages mean employers who can offer creative ways for staff to achieve better work-life balance will play an important part in attracting and retaining the best people, Labour Minister Margaret Wilson said today. See... Labour Weekend fitting to talk work-life balance [1] ALSO: - Govt - Work-Life Balance: Backgrounder [2] - NZ Business Roundtable - Holidays Plan Makes Farce Of Growth Aims [3] - CTU - Unions Tackle Barriers to Work-Life Balance [4] - Work-Life Balance: Executive Summary [5] - CTU Biennial Conference 2003 [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00574.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00575.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00234.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00205.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00204.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00203.htm


NZ NEWS HEADLINES:

  • Govt Ready for The Return of the King [1]
  • NZ First: No Home Detention For P Offenders [2]
  • Rodney Hide Corrected Over Cuba [3]
  • Labour Weekend Starts Drowning Season [4]
  • Fund Appoints Ing NZ As Fixed Interest Manager [5]
  • Mario Andretti visits New Zealand [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00580.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00589.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00207.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0310/S00077.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0310/S00206.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0310/S00232.htm


    Five New Nations Line Up For Security Council Admission

    - Algeria, Benin, Brazil, the Philippines and Romania were elected today to become the next five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. See... Five New Non-Permanent Security Cl Members Elected [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00268.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

    United Nations

  • UN Radio: Annan Appeals for Funds for Iraq [1]
  • Annan opens Madrid donors’ conference for Iraq [2]
  • Reconstruction must ensure human rights of Iraqis [3]
  • Australia
  • George Bush Address To The Australian Parliament [4]
  • John Howard Introduces Bush To Au Parliament [5]
  • Media Q&As - John Howard & George Bush [6]
  • Middle East
  • Hebron: Palestinians Killed and Families House Demolished [7]
  • Red Crescent: IDF Geneva Convention Violations [8]
  • The Four Geneva Conventions [9]
  • Two Israeli Civilians Wounded by Terrorist [10]
  • Palestine PM Qurei’ Says Washington Agrees to Enhance its ‘Mediation Role' [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00270.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00269.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00267.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00258.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00257.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00259.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00261.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00263.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00262.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00264.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0310/S00260.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Diebold Memo's Smoking Gun – Volusia County Florida 2000

    - Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie. See... Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00211.htm


    Stateside: Bush's Visit To Canberra As Seen In San Francisco

    - Naturally I was eager to see what this morning's local TV news bulletins - which are all I have time to see before setting off for work - had to say about President Bush in Australia. Most showed the unnamed senator (Brown) standing to say something; ... See... Stateside With Rosalea: This Morning's News [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00210.htm


    Dennis Hans: The Gloss Comes Of Seymour Hersh

    - Seymour Hersh has been had by a CIA has-been. A ''former senior CIA officer'' has gotten him to credit and peddle a preposterous tale about the Niger-uranium forgeries. See... Dennis Hans: Seymour Hersh’s Pipedream [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00213.htm


    Public Address's Latest

    - I didn't know if Karen Walker's jewellery was good so I asked the ladies. Wide-eyed, the ladies nodded that it was. The range was launched as one of the final events in L'Oreal Fashion week in York Street Studios in Parnell, on a rotating stage installed ... See... Public Address 24/10/03 - Event Management [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00212.htm


    Meditations On The Darkness Before The Dawn

    - At nearly 8000 feet in Lassen National Park, surrounded by volcanic cliffs on three sides, the small lake is a dark, mirror-like jewel, unspoiled by human hands. See... Meditations: Humanity's Darkest Hour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00209.htm


    Toni Solo: Authentic Americans

    - If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, anti-Americanism is currently the first. The Bush regime uses it to deceive the United States people while enriching its corporate buddies. See... US Martyrs Pose Questions For John Negroponte [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00208.htm


    Norma Sherry Continues Analysis Of The Export Of American Jobs

    - Are American workers at risk of losing their jobs? Damn right they are. Particularly if they pursued what they thought were safe jobs in today's commerce. See... Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00207.htm


    Daily Katya Rivas

    - The wandering souls are the ones that Satan seeks the most and leads to perdition, with the suspicion that God has abandoned them and, consequently, everything is permitted. See... Katya Rivas: The Enemy Has Taken Many Souls [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0310/S00206.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt Hands Over Light Armoured Vehicles To NZ Army

    - Minister of Defence Mark Burton will today officially accept the first of New Zealand’s new Light Armoured Vehicles (NZLAVs)—the next major step in modernising and re-equipping the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The NZLAVs will replace the M113, the 1960s-era ... See... New Zealand’s Army rolls into the 21st Century [1] ALSO: Govt Speech - Handover of Light Armoured Vehicles to NZ Defence [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00588.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00587.htm


    Don Brash Plans To Set The Media Straight Today

    - National MP Don Brash will hold a media conference at 2.00 pm today at the Tamaki Yacht Club, Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay, Auckland. See... Don Brash Media Conference Advisory [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00608.htm


    The View From The Ninth Floor & Elsewhere

    - The moratorium on applications for the general release of genetically modified organisms ends at midnight on October 29. See... Beehive Bulletin - 24 October 2003 [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Progressives - robson-on-politics Fri 24 October [2] - Deb. Coddington - Liberty Belle: Times Are A Changin' [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00602.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00601.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00591.htm


    Matt Robson On Iran's Nukes

    - Iran is to be congratulated on reaching agreement for inspection of its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency, former Minister for Disarmament, Matt Robson said today. See... Iran's nuclear facilities & global WMD disarmament [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00594.htm


    These Are The Days Of Our Select Committees

    - There were seven committee meetings, all in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee Business to 24 October 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00592.htm


    The Cannabis Debate Round Two - Wellington

    - Green MP Nandor Tanczos and Jim Anderton will be heading to Ohariu-Belmont to debate cannabis law reform. See... Cannabis debate heads for Ohariu-Belmont [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00581.htm


    Govt. Money For Lord Of The Rings Premiere

    - Cabinet minister Pete Hodgson today announced the Government's planned activities and events around The Return of the King, the third of The Lord of the Rings movies, and its forthcoming world premiere in Wellington. See... Govt ready for The Return of the King [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00580.htm


    Michael Cullen Talks Foreshore Issues & Air NZ

    - It is a preferred timetable. We’re not committed rigidly to a timetable because we believe that discussions with claimant groups and with recreational groups will mean that we’re in a position to release a full, detailed policy position well this side ... See... Hon. Dr Michael Cullen on the Foreshore [1] and Cullen on Air NZ - Transcript Of Press Conference [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00573.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00572.htm


    Safer Community Councils A Failure – NZ First

    - “New Zealand First believes the Safer Community Councils have been a singularly ineffective tool to combat crime,” said law and order spokesperson, Ron Mark. See... Policing A Serious Business [1] and New approaches to local crime prevention [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00607.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00599.htm


    UN Day Speech From NZ's Foreign Minister

    - Karen Chung, President of the Auckland region of the United Nations Youth Association of New Zealand; members of the Association, ladies and gentlemen. See... Phil Goff speech: United Nations Day speech [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0310/S00606.htm

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