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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: High Powered Govt Meeting Was Held Over Suspected Mossad Operation
Candlelight Vigils Mark Ahmed Zaoui’s 500th Day in NZ Prisons
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Palestine In Uproar After Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader Rantisi
Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Al Rantisi
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Guest Op-Ed: Kiwis Ok With Growth If It Passes The Kiwiness test
Stateside: Rosalea Considers The President's Press Conference
Hard News & Fiona Rae Are There!
An Eyewitness Reports From Fallujah
Is NZ Going To Sponsor A UN Shot At Cuba This Year?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Govt. Treaty Of Waitangi Website Launched
Growth Survey Released And Interpreted
English Accuses The PPTA Of Being Poodle Like
Transmission Gully Receives A Reassessment
Auckland Spray Report Suppression Alarms
Politics According To Prebble: ACT's Letter
NZ Iraq Security Contractors May Be Breaking NZ Law
Jim Foresees An International Future For NZ Design
A New Environment Commissioner

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00141.htm
High Powered Govt Meeting Was Held Over Suspected Mossad Operation

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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LEAD STORY:
High Powered Govt Meeting Was Held Over Suspected Mossad Operation

- Scoop understands that a high-powered New Zealand Government crisis meeting was held in the last week of March after the Prime Minister was informed that two suspected Mossad connectives had been arrested in Auckland. See... Govt Held High Powered Secret Meeting On Spy Case [1] MORE: - Greens - Minister of Health or Minister of Hide and Seek? [2] - PM Helen Clark - PM responds to passport case [3] - NZ First - Protect our passports integrity says Mark [4] - Protestors - Protest Assassination At Auckland Town Hall [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00141.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00268.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00267.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00270.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00106.htm


Candlelight Vigils Mark Ahmed Zaoui’s 500th Day in NZ Prisons

- An event on Sunday, 18 April, 1:30pm at Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland marked 500 days of Ahmed Zaoui's imprisonment in New Zealand. The event was organized by a church and a mosque which face each other on Vermont Street. See... Zaoui Imprisoned: 500 Days Is Far More Than Enough [1] . See also Matt Robson... Need for rule of law highlighted by Zaoui case [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00280.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Solid Energy Intimidates Student Protestors [1]
  • Caregiver Charged Following Assault Allegations [2]
  • Pacific Journalism Review Call for papers [3]
  • Com. of Inquiry into Police Conduct - Ruling 16/4 [4]
  • Removal Of All Scrutiny Of Foreign Co. Purchases? [5]
  • IRD Negotiations Break Down Over Pay Issues [6]
  • Consumers Price Index: March 2004 quarter [7]
  • Drinkers Should Prepare For Tax Hikes [8]
  • Radio survey charts bFM’s growth [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00114.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00112.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00111.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00105.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00120.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00179.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00178.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00176.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00172.htm


    http://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/0404/1f336cf5aa61f036e567.jpeg
    Israel Soldiers Shoot Children In Ramallah

    Palestine In Uproar After Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader Rantisi

    - OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, Palestine - - In protest against the Israeli terrorist attack Saturday evening that resulted in the death of Hamas leader in Gaza Dr. Abdel Aziz Al Rantisi along with his two bodyguards, thousands of Palestinians swept across the streets of the West Bank city Nablus See... Demonstrations Sweep Across Palestinian Cities [1] ALSO: Ramallah: Israeli Troops Take it Out on Children [2] - 100,000s in Al Rantisi Funeral Procession [3] - Hamas Keeps Name of New Gaza Leader Secret [4] - Body-count: Israel Incursions And Killings In PNA Territories [5] - Palestinian Shot With Live Round Anti-Wall Protest [6] - Child Used as Human Shield after Beating [7] - UN Criticises Israel's Construction Of Wall [8] - The most anti-Israeli American president ever [9] - Israel shoot another Palestinian unarmed protester [10]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00190.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00191.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00189.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00188.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00187.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00186.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00179.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00176.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00175.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00174.htm


    Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Al Rantisi

    - GAZA, Palestine -- The Israeli occupying forces (IOF) extra-judicially executed the new leader of Hamas movement in Gaza Strip, Dr. Abdel Aziz Al Rantisi, and two of his bodyguards on Sunday (NZ Time), medical sources and eyewitnesses confirmed. See... Hamas Leader Al-Rantisi Assassinated by Israel [1] ALSO: - Palestine National Authority - Assassination of Al Rantisi, PNA Gravely Concerned [2] - Israel Defense Force - IOF Statement: Abdel Aziz Rantisi Killed [3] - Global Peace & Justice Auckland - GPJA Condemns Israel and Calls for NZ Govt Action [4] - Earlier: White House - Bush Blair Comments Pre-empt Israel Assassination [5]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00169.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00171.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00104.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00173.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

    The Holy Land:

  • Removal Of Equipment, Buildings From Iraq Concerns [1]
  • Kosovo Urged To Address Causes Of Recent Violence [2]
  • US Wants Multinational Force To Protect UN In Iraq [3]
  • Security Council Ready To Implement Cyprus Plan [4]
  • Three ID-ed For UN Oil-For-Food Probe [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00184.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00183.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00182.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00181.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0404/S00180.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Guest Op-Ed: Kiwis Ok With Growth If It Passes The Kiwiness test

    - There was a time when being small and distant from international markets was seen as a burden New Zealand had to bear. See... OpEd: Is Economic Growth a Turn-on, or a Turn-off? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00144.htm


    Stateside: Rosalea Considers The President's Press Conference

    I missed the president's press conference on Tuesday night - it was on at 5.30 on the West Coast and I was on my way to night class - but I got the gist of it as I passed by the newspaper vending machines the next morning. See... Stateside: Liar, Liar, Tie's On Fire! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00143.htm


    Hard News & Fiona Rae Are There!

    - A police pipe band, footfalls locked to the spare beat of a snare, bisects a line of happy Asians, who clutch long incense sticks as they wait to pay tribute to the giant Buddha whose stage fills one side of Aotea Square... See... Public Address 19/04/04 - Auckland Weekend [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00142.htm


    An Eyewitness Reports From Fallujah

    - Trucks, oil tankers, tanks are burning on the highway east to Falluja. A stream of boys and men goes to and from a lorry that's not burnt, stripping it bare. We turn onto the back roads through Abu Ghraib, Nuha and Ahrar singing in Arabic, past the ... See... REPORT from Jo Wilding in Falluja [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00132.htm


    Is NZ Going To Sponsor A UN Shot At Cuba This Year?

    - This year it’s Honduras’ turn to ‘pass-the-parcel’. That we might just be able to understand, but word is out that it is co-sponsored by New Zealand?!!! Que Linda! Whose dumb idea was this? See... Pinocchio And Pacific Patsy’s Double Act at the UN [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0404/S00133.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00103.htm
    Vigils Held For Ahmed Zaoui - 500 Days Held In NZ Prisons

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Govt. Treaty Of Waitangi Website Launched

    - State Services Minister Trevor Mallard today officially launched - www.treatyofwaitangi.govt.nz - a website which will play a key role in the government's Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme. See... Treaty of Waitangi website launched [1] MORE: - Trevor Mallard Speech - Launch of Treaty of Waitangi website - Speech [2] - NZ First - Treaty Education Should Await Commission [3] - National - Treaty education, information or propaganda? [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00290.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00287.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00283.htm


    Growth Survey Released And Interpreted

    - Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says a new survey confirming New Zealanders question the value of conventional economic growth shows the Government should abandon its obsession with climbing the OECD 'ladder'. See... Kiwis say 'show us a different ladder' [1] MORE: - IPENZ -Economic prosperity and quality of life [2] REPORT PRESS KIT: - Research Summary - Research on Growth & Innovation [3] - Growth Culture Research Project - FAQs [4] - Values And Value - Growth Survey [5] -Kiwis will Support Growth if it Supports Kiwiness [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00116.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00123.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00122.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00121.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0404/S00183.htm


    English Accuses The PPTA Of Being Poodle Like

    - The PPTA should focus on the substantial pressures on secondary schooling rather than barking whenever the Labour Government whistles, says National Education spokesman Bill English. See... PPTA Sings From Mallard’s Songsheet [1] MORE: - PPTA - It’s time to catch the knowledge wave [2] - PPTA - PPTA President: Charting the Future Conference [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00286.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00057.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0404/S00056.htm


    Transmission Gully Receives A Reassessment

    - Skyrocketing costs raise serious questions over the future of Transmission Gully, says local National MP Roger Sowry. See... $830m puts Transmission Gully viability in doubt [1] MORE: - United Future - Dunne: Transmission Gully’s time has come! [2] - Transport Action Group - Transmission Gully Straw Man Unacceptable [3] - Regional Council - Greater Wellington reviews Transmission Gully Prop [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00285.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00277.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00131.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0404/S00129.htm


    Auckland Spray Report Suppression Alarms

    - United Future's Larry Baldock, who was a prime mover behind securing the Wellington School of Medicine study into the health impacts of the West Auckland painted apple moth spray campaign, today called for the campaign to be suspended immediately. See... Baldock: Suspend moth-spraying immediately [1] MORE: - Greens - Govt suppression of spray report "scandalous" [2] - Stop Aerial Spraying - Ombudsman Investigates delay in releasing report [3] - PAM Community Network - Moth Spray Study may never be publicly released [4]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00282.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00276.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00117.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0404/S00107.htm


    Politics According To Prebble: ACT's Letter

    - The signing of a Free Trade Agreement with China may prove to be the Clark Government's most significant achievement. See... The Letter Monday 19 April 2004 [1] MORE COLUMNS: - Labour Party - Beehive Bulletin - Friday, 16 April 2004 [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00281.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00278.htm


    NZ Iraq Security Contractors May Be Breaking NZ Law

    - Green MP Keith Locke today warned New Zealanders contemplating 'security' work in Iraq that active involvement in the conflict for money will soon be a criminal offence under the mercenary bill returned to Parliament yesterday. See... Iraq-bound NZers could be mercenaries under law [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00275.htm


    Jim Foresees An International Future For NZ Design

    - A plan to increase the use of design in New Zealand business will be put in place over coming months with the release of a series of NZ Trade and Enterprise programmes. See... Make New Zealand known the world over for design [1] and Make NZ known the world over for design - speech [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00274.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00279.htm


    A New Environment Commissioner

    - Associate Justice Minister Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Aucklander Marlene Oliver as an Environment Commissioner. See... Appointment to the Environment Court [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0404/S00272.htm

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