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Top Scoop Stories - 13 June 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 13 June 2008

LEAD STORY:

Legal Issues: UN Rights Chief Welcomes Court Ruling On Guantánamo

NZ POLITICS:

SOEs: Nats Call Meridian 'Carbon Neutral' Claim Greenwash

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Price Shocks: The Oily Bird Gets A Petrol Price Increase
Tourism: Wellington's Events Continue To Make It Popular
Motoring Madness: Fool And Money Parted Over $420K Fiat

WORLD:

Boumediene v. Bush: UN Rights Chief Welcomes Court Ruling On Guantanamo Detainees
Drug Bust: World's Largest Hash Seizure In Afghanistan
United Kingdom: Government To Act On Living Costs, Says British PM
Geopolitics: U.S. Perspectives On The Wider Black Sea Region

COMMENT:

Electronic Voting: Clinton Beats Exit Polls By Wide Margin In Every State
Michael Collins: Exclusive Interview with Bush Political Prisoner Susan Lindauer
Jason Leopold: Kucinich Introduces Articles For Bush Impeachment

LIFESTYLE:

Grooving: Anika Moa On 2008 Tour
Philanthropy: London Art Auction For Endangered NZ Bird
Romance: Rural Romeos Ride on the Wild Side

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LEAD STORY

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Legal Issues: UN Rights Chief Welcomes Court Ruling On Guantánamo - The UN human rights chief welcomed today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that the country's constitution extends to foreigners being held in Guantánamo Bay and that they have the right to challenge their detention in the civilian court system. More >> [1] ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00263.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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SOEs: Nats Call Meridian 'Carbon Neutral' Claim Greenwash - Meridian Energy should stop claiming its electricity is carbon neutral when it has to buy a third of its power from thermal generators, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith. Meridian is the Government's largest State Owned Enterprise and is New Zealand's largest power company. Its billboards and public advertisements claim its electricity is carbon neutral. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00191.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00043.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00145.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00239.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Price Shocks: The Oily Bird Gets A Petrol Price Increase - Shell New Zealand has reviewed its fuel prices today, and will increase petrol and diesel by 4 cents per litre, effective 11.30am. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00239.htm


Tourism: Wellington's Events Continue To Make It Popular - The figures were influenced partly by Easter falling in March this year but Wellington visitor numbers still grew strongly against declines across the country overall. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00229.htm


Motoring Madness: Fool And Money Parted Over $420K Fiat - Even allowing for the intense demand, the news that a new Fiat 500 has sold for $420,000 in the UK is nothing short of remarkable. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00103.htm


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WORLD

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Boumediene v. Bush: UN Rights Chief Welcomes Court Ruling On Guantanamo Detainees - The UN human rights chief welcomed today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that the country's constitution extends to foreigners being held in Guantánamo Bay and that they have the right to challenge their detention in the civilian court system. "The Supreme Court has sent a vitally important message that the protections afforded by fundamental human rights guarantees extend to these individuals and that effective remedies must be available to them," she said after the announcement of a ruling in the case, known as Boumediene v. Bush. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00263.htm


Drug Bust: World's Largest Hash Seizure In Afghanistan - The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime today congratulated Afghan authorities for finding and destroying what is believed to be the world's largest seizure of drugs, with the support of NATO troops. "Drugs are financing terrorism and insurgency in Afghanistan," Mr. Costa added. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00261.htm


United Kingdom: Government To Act On Living Costs, Says British PM - The Government is to focus its attention on tackling the rising costs of fuel, food and energy for British families, the PM has said, promising to produce a ''comprehensive short and medium term plan'' to deal with the cost of gas, petrol, food and mortgages. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00260.htm


Geopolitics: U.S. Perspectives On The Wider Black Sea Region - "The Black Sea lies at a strategic crossroads of geography and culture, where Russia intersects with the European Union, where energy producers of Eurasia connect to energy consumers of central and Western Europe, where Islamic traditions meet Christian traditions, and where Europe and the Middle East meet. The Black Sea region is of considerable strategic importance to the United States." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00223.htm


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COMMENT

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Electronic Voting: Clinton Beats Exit Polls By Wide Margin In Every State - We present evidence supporting the hypothesis that systematic attempts are being made to manipulate the results of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination contest, through overt means such as crossover voting by non-Democrats, and through covert ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00182.htm


Michael Collins: Exclusive Interview with Bush Political Prisoner Susan Lindauer - On March 11, 2004, Susan Lindauer was shocked to find FBI Agents pounding on the door of her Takoma Park house in Maryland with a warrant for her arrest. She was more shocked to discover that she was accused of acting as an "unregistered agent" ... More >> [1]

ALSO

FROM OCT, 2007

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00180.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00141.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0710/S00266.htm


Jason Leopold: Kucinich Introduces Articles For Bush Impeachment - Ohio Congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush today, alleging the commander-in-chief is guilty of a wide-range of constitutional violations including launching a war ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00137.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Grooving: Anika Moa On 2008 Tour - Anika Moa ­ one of New Zealand's most accomplished and best-selling artists of the decade ­ is set to play dates all across the country during July and August. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00112.htm


Philanthropy: London Art Auction For Endangered NZ Bird - An auction of NZ art will be held in London in October to raise funds for the NZ shore plover appeal.
The gala event will be stage at the penthouse in New Zealand House on October event. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00123.htm


Romance: Rural Romeos Ride on the Wild Side - The Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year finalists faced a day of physical challenges today at Fieldays in their second day of competition for the Golden Gumboot trophy and title of Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00115.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 13 June 2008

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