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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Free'd billioniare reveals arbitrary injustice

Cannabis law reformers have mixed feelings over the recent "non-criminal" importation of marijuana and hashish by an American billioniare.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00002.htm


2: Scoop Column: Hypocrisy In The War On Drugs

The United States is now a major drug-producing nation on a par with Burma, Peru, Bolivia and Columbia according to Barry McCaffrey, head of President Clinton's US Office of National Anti-Drug Policy. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00015.htm


3: Poms Dropping Like Flies As Flu Epidemic Bites

The UK is in the grips of what is being desribed by authorities as a full scale killer-flu epidemic. People are dropping like flies and up to 20,000 could die. John Howard reports

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00009.htm


4: Massive Canal Planned For Thailand

Thailand and the Japanese Global Infrastructure Fund are embarking on a bold and ambitious plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It will rival the Panama and Suez canals. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00014.htm


5: Scoop Editorial: Floating Hope

If you thought 1999 was a roller-coaster and hoped the world would return to normal on January 1 2000 - sorry. If anything - so far - all appearances indicate it is going to get a whole lot worse, even if Y2k computer problems have proved rather ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00012.htm


6: Cyber-Nations Causing Legal Interest

Psst! Want a new passport? You can get it over the Net. Welcome to Lomar the latest in a string of cyberspace nations that is causing international legal interest.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00005.htm


7: Americas Cup Jury Called Together After Collision

The collision between Stars & Stripes and Le Defi caused a late night International Jury session. It was called at the request of Team Dennis Conner, asking for 48 hours to repair its boat, which was damaged in a collision with France's Le Défi challenger.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0001/S00002.htm


8: Russia Launches New ICB Missile as Grozny Invaded

As the Russian military begins its invasion of Grozny, Russia has launched a strategic intercontinental Topol-M missile using the occasion to warn the West against criticising its Chechen campaign. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00079.htm


9: Air New Zealand Issued 501 Infringement Notices

According to the Australian newspaper, The Advertiser, Air New Zealand has been issued with 501 infringement notices for bringing illegal immigrants into Australia. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00003.htm


10: Scoop Editorial: Time To Get Uncomfortable

If democracy can be likened to a flower then in Russia the flower is wilting. Shortly it will probably be plucked and thrown into the compost heap. The results in the Russian Parliamentary elections - now nearly finalised - are a clear wake-up call ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00098.htm


11: Grozny Assault Underway - Troops Enter Outskirts

The Moscow Times reports that Russian troops have blasted their way into the outskirts of the Chechen capital of Grozny and are now engaging rebel soldiers in the besieged city.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00078.htm


12: Scoop Editorial: Putin Pushes Devil's Own Button

An increasingly desperate Russian Prime Minister may have overstepped the mark in his flagrant nuclear sabre rattling display today, writes Scoop's Alastair Thompson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00083.htm


13: World Watches As Russian Bear Awakes

The issue of Chechnya has been raised informally in the UN Security Council by individual members, but Russia has never allowed the matter to go further. The world is angry - but largely silent. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00082.htm


14: Student Loan Interest Changes Explained

The Government recently announced that full-time and low income students will pay no interest on their student loans while they are studying in 2000 and beyond. This policy will be implemented through interest write-offs by Inland Revenue.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0001/S00002.htm


15: Pressure Mounts On Rankin And Maharey

Green co-leader Rod Donald has challenged Social Services Minister Steve Maharey to guarantee WINZ will not blunder their handling of student finances like they did last year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00005.htm


16: Russian President Putin Launches Online Presence

The following is a transcript taken from a new web-site launched by then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin four days before his President Boris Yeltsin resigned and handed him the reigns to the Russian Republic. The article is interesting in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00011.htm


17: Irish Eyes: On the Time

Time, what is it? Like the weather it is something to talk about. And like the weather you have to take it has it comes. And it keeps on coming, at the speed of light. Occasional Dublin Scoop Greg Meylan writes on how to get free bananas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00008.htm


18: Americas Cup - Prada Dismast Saga And More

Luna Rossa ITA 45 of team Prada dismasted on January 5 during the first leg of the match against AmericaOne.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0001/S00003.htm


19: Annual Intelligence and Security Report - Silly

Silly Season Timing Perfect for Annual Intelligence and Security Report. “Turkey, Chicken or Just Plain Stuffed” ?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00001.htm


20: New Zealand Herald

Drugs Billionaire – Liquor Shop Bashing – Waitangi Row – Lost Hand – Gay Scouts – Timor Shoes – Childcare – Folic Acid – Cannabis Special, Q&A, Attitudes, Legal Loophole – Conservation

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00007.htm

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