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TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES


SCOOP LEAD STORY
Coup: With Stealth, By Degrees, Military Tightens Grip On Viti Levu
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NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Unions: I'll Have A Pay Rise With Those Fries Thanks -
Loot News: Reserve Bank Warns Coffers Running Low On Coins
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Media News: Ill Health Forces TVNZ's Susan Wood To Resign
Environment: GM Corn Imported In Unprecedented Scandal
Health: More Money For Rural Midwives

SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:
UN News: Ban Ki-moon Moves To Stamp Influence Over United Nations
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Middle East News: Huge Hezbollah Rally Urges Lebanese PM To Resign
From France: Les Yeux on France: Sarkozy to be Presidential candidate

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SCOOP LEAD STORY
Coup: With Stealth, By Degrees, Military Tightens Grip On Viti Levu

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Laisenia Qarase. The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is slowly but surely strangling the life out of Laisenia Qarase's government. Qarase said in an interview with Australia's ABC Radio the coup: "it's almost complete I suppose," adding "If this coup is completed I will just have to pack up and go home." Speculation is rife that a dissolution of Parliament is on the agenda. See... Fiji: Military Slowly But Surely Strangles Govt [1] ALSO:


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00060.htm


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Helen Clark answers questions on looming Fijian Military Coup.

  • Pacific Media Watch - Fiji Military Commander Says Guns Removed [1]
  • Pacific Media Watch - Daily Post Clears Office [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00093.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00092.htm


    QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

  • Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 5 December 2006 [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00056.htm

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    NEW ZEALAND LEAD:

    Unions: I'll Have A Pay Rise With Those Fries Thanks -

    After months of negotiation Unite Union has reached a breakthrough collective employment agreement with fast food giant McDonald’s, after signing an agreement earlier this year with Restaurant Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks) and Red Rooster. See... SuperSize Victory against Fast Food Giants [1] ALSO:


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00046.htm


    Loot News: Reserve Bank Warns Coffers Running Low On Coins

    - Just five weeks after phasing out the old coins, the Reserve Bank has now written to the country's retail banks warning them there will be a shortage of the new 20 cent pieces in the lead up to the busy Christmas period, with some unimpressed retailers already unable to source 20 cent pieces," Auckland's leading retail district, Newmarket, has revealed today. See... Reserve Bank runs out of coins in lead up to Xmas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00057.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Electricity Generation Reaches Record Level [1]
  • ACC Enslaves Claimants [2]
  • A Question of Balance? [3]
  • Snail Decision Under Review By Court [4]
  • Count Dracula’s Late Night Vampire Party! [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00067.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00050.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00049.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00048.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00031.htm


    Media News: Ill Health Forces TVNZ's Susan Wood To Resign

    - CloseUp presenter Susan Wood has today resigned from TVNZ, and will no longer appear on screen for the immediate future. For the last few weeks, Susan's health has been a matter for serious concern. She will be undergoing surgery next week to remove a lump on her neck following an inconclusive biopsy. See... Susan Wood leaves CloseUp [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00021.htm


    Environment: GM Corn Imported In Unprecedented Scandal

    - The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is investigating the importation of genetically modified (GM) sweet corn that was inadvertently cleared by MAF’s Quarantine Service in October 2006. Two consignments of sweet corn seeds imported from the US totalling 1,800kg were incorrectly cleared by MAF at that time. See... MAF investigates GM sweet corn importation [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - GE border breach unacceptable - Greens [2]
  • Greenpeace - All GE Corn Must be Destroyed [3]
  • GE Free NZ - GE-Contaminated Corn Puts NZ Reputation at Risk [4]
  • Soil and Health Assn - Clean Green NZ doesn't need dirty sweet corn. [5]
  • Life Sciences Network - A scientific approach is needed for GM corn [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00018.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00026.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00038.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00026.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00005.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00009.htm


    Health: More Money For Rural Midwives

    - The Labour-led government will invest $2 million per year from 2007 to support the rural midwifery workforce, Associate Minister of Health Damien O'Connor announced today. The money will be allocated to rural midwives via the rural ranking scale – in much the same way as rural funding is allocated to rural GPs, Mr O'Connor said. See... Funding boost for rural midwives [1] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt - More mobile screening for Kiwi women [2]
  • National - Midwives funding move a Band-Aid [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00034.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00037.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00041.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
    UN News: Ban Ki-moon Moves To Stamp Influence Over United Nations

    Ban
Ki-moon - Andreas von Warburg writes from New York - Two weeks into the transition period, all eyes at the United Nations are on Secretary-General-Designate Ban Ki-moon (pictured left) and his picks for the top management. South Korea’s former Foreign Minister will be swearing in in front of the General Assembly on 14 December before taking over from Kofi Annan in January. See... Annan's Successor Moves To Pick His Top Management [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00054.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Middle East - Report Condemns Flagrant Israeli Violations In War [1]
  • Africa - Detention Of Ethiopian Boat People In Yemen [2]
  • Congo - Alleged Murderer Of UN Observers In 2003 Captured [3]
  • Pacific - 30 HIV tests conducted at SPC for World AIDS DAY [4]
  • South America - Torture In Paraguay Must Be Fully Criminalized [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00098.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00090.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00084.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00083.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00086.htm


    Middle East News: Huge Hezbollah Rally Urges Lebanese PM To Resign

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by Sophie McNeill - Sophie McNeill reports from Beirut: Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters packed the roads of the Lebanese capital yesterday as they took part in a huge anti-government rally. "We're from the north and the south and we've come to fill your squares, Beirut," was the chant from the crowd. Hundreds of soldiers and armored troop carriers were deployed around central Beirut, while barbed wire surrounded government offices. See... Hezbollah Beirut Protest Urges Lebanon PM To Quit [1] ALSO:

  • Sophie McNeill - Hezbollah's Anti-Lebanese Govt Campaign Announced [2]
  • Lebanese Rally Demanding End To Political Violence [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00052.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00030.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00427.htm


    From France: Les Yeux on France: Sarkozy to be Presidential candidate

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by Yasmine Ryan: Sarkozy French Presidential canidate. - Scoop's Yasmine Ryan reports from France - In what La Marseille today referred to as ‘the ultimate non-scoop’, Nicolas Sarkozy finally made it official that he will be running for the UMP primaries for the French Presidency in 2007. The announcement was made on Wednesday, President Chirac’s birthday. See Text & Audio... Yeux on France: Sarkozy a Presidential candidate [1] ALSO:

  • Yeux on France: Who Exactly is Ségolène Royal? [2]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00029.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00424.htm

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