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Scoop Today - Seattle In A State Of Emergency

Trade today roused passions in Seattle of an intensity markedly absent from APEC in September... but first the news about beer!


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New Drinking Age, Supermarket / Sunday Sales Welcomed But Retailers Warned

– At a summit meeting convened by ALAC on the eve of the drinking age being lowered to 18, Tony Ryall warned retailers of their new responsibilities. See... Warning Issued To Alcohol Retailers [1] . Prime Minister Jenny Shipley called on New Zealand to develop a culture of moderation as the lower drinking age comes into effect. See... Prime Minister Welcomes Lower Drinking Age [2] in the Parliament wire. The spirits industry is disappointed that spirits are not included in the reform. See... Spirit Drinkers Left Out and Supermarkets Missing [3] in the Business wire.

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100 Feared Buried in Mexican Drug Graves

- The FBI and Mexican police exhumed one body yesterday as a search began for up to 100 victims of drug violence – most allegedly buried near the Mexico-Texas border. See... 100 Feared Missing in Mexican Drug Graves [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Malaysian Elections: Dr Mahathir Re-elected, But Not Without Cheating

-Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed and his ruling National Front coalition were voted back in with more than a two-thirds majority today, amid opposition claims that the government's campaign was unfair, dishonest and at times illegal. See... Dr Mahathir Re-elected, But Not Without Cheating [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Seattle is this afternoon NZT braced for more violent clashes over the next few after a state of emergency was declared and a curfew imposed. Enforcing the curfew with 70,000 seemingly well equipped and highly organised protestors on the streets could prove difficult. Meanwhile the meeting is continuing.

Links To Live WTO Protest News

– An Independent News Center has been set up to broadcast news from the WTO Protests. See Rolling News Coverage Of WTO-Protests Live [1] - this provides the background behind [2] . The WTO protest movement was coordinated on the world wide web. For more information on who, how and why as well as live updating news see… [3] . Warning this site contains links to sabotage information.

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Scoop Opinion: WTO Protests – Is This About Global Peace And Security?

- The WTO meeting in Geneva is NOT being attended by all the nations of the World - including China - for the sole purpose of attacking US Labour conditions. Kofi Annan is not in Seattle to try to hand over the world to a global conspiracy. Scoop’s Alastair Thompson backgrounds today’s WTO meeting. See... Column: WTO Protests - Beware Bullshit Alert [1] in the Headlines wire.

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WTO Corporates Pay $250,000 For Dinners

- While upwards of 50,000 protesters are on the streets of Seattle demonstrating against the World Trade Organisation, the corporates are paying up to US$250,000 each to attend ceremonies and ministerial dinners. John Howard reports. See... WTO Corporates Pay $250,000 For Dinners [1] in the Headlines wire.

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The Battle Of Seattle Gets Ugly

– As the WTO meeting in Seattle is disrupted by riots Scoop brings you a small WTO package: A group of environmental activists, computer programmers and Internet specialists will, for the next 4 days, run a 'virtual action' dedicated to disrupting or even closing the WTO meeting. See... Cyber-Activists Strike At WTO’s Seattle Summit [1] . New Zealand is also involved with street theatre in Trafalgar Street, Nelson on Tuesday afternoon. See... Nelson Global Protest against the WTO [2] . Presidents of the national farmer organisations in the fifteen Cairns Group countries met in Seattle to demand an end to discriminatory practices in world agricultural trade. See... Cairns Farmers Talk Tough On Agriculture [3] . See also the WTO briefing by Barshefsky and Sperling… Barshefsky, Sperling Briefing on WTO (PART 1) [4] and Barshefsky, Sperling Briefing on WTO (PART 2) [5] . All in the Business wire.

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Greens On Trade: Pull Up! Pull Up! We’re going to crash!

- The Green Party says the incoming Labour-led government should back off National’s zealous pursuit of trade liberalisation and instead embrace fair trade policies. See... Pull Up! Pull Up! We’re going to crash! [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Forest and Bird cautious on possum fur idea

- The Forest and Bird Protection Society is not enthusiastic about proposals floated by Alliance leader Jim Anderton to provide government assistance to the possum fur industry. See... Forest and Bird sounds caution on possum fur idea [1] in the Politics wire.

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Winners Announced in WestpacTrust Financial Journalism Awards

- Nick Stride has taken out the top honours in the WestpacTrust Business and Financial Journalism Awards winning the Print Feature Award and the Overall Winner’s Award. See... Business And Financial Journalism Awards [1] in the Business wire.

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Customers Switching Electricity Companies In Mass

- November saw a huge increase in the number of customers who were recorded as switching electricity retailer - almost a quarter of the total since the electricity retail competition system was established in April. See... Consumers Switch Electricity Retailers [1] in the Business wire.

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Southern Cross Cable Announces Capacity Sales

- Southern Cross Cable Network has today announced new capacity sales of US$ 553million resulting from its second Data Gathering Meeting in August. This brings total capacity sales to US$1.2 billion. See... Southern Cross Reaches New Milestone in Sales [1] in the Business wire.

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Grey Power Welcomes The Canning Of Task Force 2000

- Grey power have welcomed the new government’s commitment to scrap Super taskforce 2000 saying the Task Force lacked all party support and was dominated by insurance industry and market orientated members. See... Grey Power Welcomes The Canning Of Task Force 2000 [1] in the Politics wire.

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Kiwi Soldier Dies in Timor

- New Zealanders' hearts go out for the brave serviceman who has died on service in East Timor, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley said. See... Tragic Death Of A Brave New Zealander [1] . Defence Minister Max Bradford has also offered his deepest sympathy to the family of the New Zealand Army soldier who died in East Timor. See... East Timor Casualty [2] in the Parliament wire.

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Application For Asylum Seekers To Be Released

- An application for the release of 16 asylum seekers being held in Mt Eden Prison would be made to the District Court today, Acting Immigration Minister Wyatt Creech said. See... Application For Asylum Seekers To Be Released [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Union Calls For 5 Days Of Christmas

- Union calls for 5 days of Christmas for those who have suffered the most under National Party rule. See... Union Calls For 5 Days Of Christmas [1] in the Politics wire.

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Employers reassured by statements from new Govt

- The Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) congratulates the new Labour/Alliance Government and is looking forward to contributing to the development of its policy commitments. See... Employers reassured by statements from new Govt [1] in the Politics wire.

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Nat/Lab "Gerrymander" Responsible For Vote Delay

- United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, is blaming the National/Labour “gerrymander” of the MMP voting paper as the reason why Saturday's vote count was so slow. See... Nat/Lab "Gerrymander" Responsible For Vote Delay [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Greens issue challenge to incoming government

- In or out of Parliament, the Green Party intends to be the watchdog of the new government said co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald. See... Greens issue challenge to incoming government [1] in the Politics wire.

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