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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were....

1: FIJI: Military Storm Rebels - 1 Dead, 32 Wounded

SUVA: Fiji military forces today stormed the rebel headquarters at a school on the outskirts of Suva and seized leaders of the insurrection in what the army described as a "mopping up" operation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00145.htm


2: Keith Rankin's Thursday Column: Referenda

Submissions for the MMP Review are due in by Monday. The really important issue is the first part of part (c) of the terms of reference: "whether there should be a further referendum on changes to the electoral system".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00134.htm


3: NEWSFLASH: Rebel Leader Speight Arrested

Gunfire has been exchanged outside Suva this morning following the arrest last night of George Speight and three of his supporters by the Fijian army.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00133.htm


4: Rebel dies in gun battle

One rebel has died following a battle between soldiers and coup leader George Speight's supporters this morning. He is believed to have died from head injuries.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00144.htm


5: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – 27 July

Today's Questions concern: Dover And Al Morrison – Petrol Prices – Human Genes In Cows – Apprenticeships – Waikato SuperDump – Te Reo – Child Assaulters Prison Sentence – Fiji Immigration Office – Hepatitis C Compensation – Sharemarket Confidence – Auckland ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00135.htm


6: FIJI: Towards Guerilla Warfare

As the hostage takers, the President and the military haggle over the composition of the new interim government in Suva, the country seems, from an outsider's perspective, to be slowly slipping towards a form of low-level guerrilla or revolutionary warfare.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00128.htm


7: SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day – July 26

Today's Questions concern: Adult Literacy – Dover Samuels And Al Morrison – John Tamihere – Housing Women’s Refuges – Humans, Cows And Maori – Homework Centres – Rural NZ – Heart Of The Nation – Pacific Island Consultations – Maternity Care – ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00129.htm


8: FIJI: Rebel leader George Speight arrested

SUVA: Fiji's rebel leader George Speight, two key advisers and a bodyguard were early today under military detention after being arrested late last night by troops at a checkpoint near the rebel headquarters.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00142.htm


9: Jeanette, Thank You For Your Offer

I do appreciate your invitation to dinner. Unfortunately I am committed to being back in Wellington on Friday night in order to fulfil a family commitment on Saturday which can't be rescheduled.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00418.htm


10: FIJI: Parliament dubbed 'House of evil'

SUVA: Fiji's Parliament has been dubbed the "house of evil" in a banner headline in the Daily Post today and reporters said used condoms and women's undergarments were strewn in almost all its offices.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00135.htm


11: Sludge #22 - Time For A Restoration Of Sanity

George Speight is beginning to get under Sludge’s skin. And George Speight’s mug larger than life, intimidating Sludge’s unconscious, is not a pretty sight. Something must be done!

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00067.htm


12: BP Responds To Deputy PM

BP’s Managing Director Peter Griffiths says Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is being selective with his facts over why petrol is more expensive now than it was in February.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00137.htm


13: Judge Rules That Napster Breaks Copyright Law

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 – A federal judge today ordered Napster Inc. to halt the operations of its phenomenally popular song-sharing Internet service, saying the upstart company was allowing copyrighted music to be copied illegally.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00150.htm


14: Scoop Images: Private Manning On His Way Home

Carried from East Timor on board a Royal New Zealand Air Force C130 Hercules, the body of the soldier killed in action yesterday, Private Leonard Manning, Bravo Company, 2nd 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, arrives in Darwin this afternoon, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00124.htm


15: Updated Ministerial List - Who Does What

Notes: 1. All Ministers are members of the Executive Council 2. Portfolios are listed first. Other responsibilities assigned by the Prime Minister are listed beneath.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00416.htm


16: Face The Nation Interview Shows Clark Misleading

The Rt Hon Winston Peters MP, Leader of New Zealand First, today said that his question to the Prime Minister in the House this afternoon was not personal but addressed a serious issue of accountability.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00436.htm


17: Tizard Terminated

Opposition Culture and Heritage spokesperson, Simon Upton, says that Judith Tizard's leadership of the Heart of the Nation project has been effectively terminated.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00448.htm


18: Scoop Images: Horomia Takes His Place As Minister

Yesterday first-time MP Parekura Horomia took his new seat in Parliament as Minister Of Maori Affairs after he replaced the scandal-plagued former Minister, Dover Samuels. Images from IMAGE TIME

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00127.htm


19: Tim Barnett Should Go

Party Leader Graham Capill has joined the chorus of people and organisations questioning whether Tim Barnett should be the chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee, which is examining the Matrimonial Property Amendment Bill.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00113.htm


20: Crude oil price cuts = petrol price cuts

Responding to petrol companies justification for high petrol prices Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton said 83% of petrol sold in New Zealand comes directly from crude oil imports and that there was no excuse to continue charging high petrol prices.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00451.htm


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