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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Scoop's top 20 rating items today are...

1: Anonymous Drug Importing Billionaire Leaves Today

An American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis is flying home today leaving controversy in his wake.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00022.htm


2: French Abandon Atolls

After 37 years the fifth French foreign military regiment is leaving the Mururoa and Fangataufla atolls used for nuclear testing between 1963 and 1996. However, the atolls future remains fragile. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00019.htm


3: Drug Importing Billionaire Anonymous For Now

A district court judge today ruled that the Herald Newspaper has the right to challenge the name suppression of the American billionaire caught importing cannabis into the country last week - but the paper will not get an opportunity to do so till Monday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00025.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: 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


6: Tone It Down Jonah!

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown MP today expressed his concern at Jonah Lomu’s stated desire to hold the world record for the loudest car stereo.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00010.htm


7: CLEAR launches one-stop online package

CLEAR Communications today announced a new one-stop package for businesses wanting to leap onto the Internet – without spending thousands of dollars on web site development.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0001/S00015.htm


8: 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


9: 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


10: Scoop Today - A Quiet News Day

Scoop brings you the news of the day...what little there is...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00023.htm


11: Conservationists Challenge Academics

Forestry scientists at Canterbury University's School of Forestry have been challenged by conservationists to address the key threats facing New Zealand forestry rather than campaigning for the logging of New Zealand's rainforests.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0001/S00003.htm


12: Scoop Images: A Hobbit Summer House?

Scoop is proud to present another image of Hobbitton… this time of what appears to be a fairly grand Hobbit summer house …enjoy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00099.htm


13: 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


14: Committee Rejects Support For Timberland's Scheme

Claims of support for the cancelled Timberlands West Coast beech logging by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) are false, says the New Zealand elected representative to the IUCN Council and spokesperson for the NZ Committee of IUCN members, Dr Wren ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00007.htm


15: Minister Releases Defence Briefing Papers

Post-election briefing papers from the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force show that some crucial issues need to be addressed, the Minister of Defence Mark Burton said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00015.htm


16: New Zealand Herald

Drugs Billionaire - Name Suppression – Cannabis – Meningitis – Global Warming – Alan Gibbs In Accident – Young Kauri Award – Give Way Rule Changes – Waitangi – Parihaka – Lifesaving – ACT Review

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00015.htm


17: 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


18: CYFS Services Poor - Maharey

The Minister of Social Services and Employment, Steve Maharey, has criticised the previous National government for running down care and protection services for young people and families at risk. Mr. Maharey today released post-election briefing papers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00014.htm


19: 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


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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