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Yesterday’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Latte Set Making The Firearms Rules In Secret

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks on Friday night accused Police Minister George Hawkins for waiting for a suitably newsworthy firearms crime to launch a new attempt to force firearms registration on the police and law-abiding gun owners.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00398.htm


2: VINTAGE 2003: Low Yields Dominate

New Zealand Winegrowers estimates grape growers and winemakers harvested 76,400 tonnes of grapes in 2003, 42,300 tonnes or 35% down on the previous year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0306/S00242.htm


3: Winston Peters Ejected From House And Named

During Parliamentary question time moments ago Winston Peters was "named" by Speaker Jonathan Hunt for refusing to follow a direction from the chair to leave the house.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00170.htm


4: Media Silent on Gen. Wesley Clark's 911 Comments

Sunday morning talk shows like ABC's This Week or Fox News Sunday often make news for days afterward. Since prominent government officials dominate the guest lists of the programs, it is not unusual for the Monday editions of major newspapers to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00320.htm


5: Bathing at the beach unlawful - law change needed

Government's decisive resolve for legislative action reasserting the Crown's ownership of New Zealand's seabed and foreshore is an important first step, recreational lobby group Public Access New Zealand believes. This issue was a litmus test for Government, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00138.htm


6: UQ Wire: William Rivers Pitt - Slaughtergate

His name was Paul Nakamura, and he was from Santa Fe Springs, California. Nakamura was an American soldier, part of an ambulance crew in Iraq transporting an injured soldier for medical attention on June 19 when the ambulance was hit by a rocket-propelled ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00168.htm


7: Zoellick on Global Trade and the Middle East

The Bush administration's plan to negotiate a U.S.-Middle East free trade agreement within a decade will employ a variety of strategies to move, step-by-step, toward free U.S. trade with the region and greater commerce within the region itself, U.S. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00341.htm


8: John Chuckman Cartoon: Note Of Desperation

A cartoon comment from John Chuckman… Click For Big Version

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00163.htm


9: Prostitution Bill "win-win" for Parliament

Tim Barnett MP, sponsor of the Prostitution Reform Bill, has today launched a summary showing the multiple ways in which the Bill would bring sensible and in many ways tougher law to the sex industry. The summary (see attached below) shows that: It ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00433.htm


10: UN:Myanmar democracy leader's detention deplorable

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan voiced grave concern today over the conditions under which Myanmar democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being held, terming it "truly deplorable" and again calling for her immediate release.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00344.htm


11: The Situation in Haiti - Roger F. Noriega

Ambassador Roger F. Noriega, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS Remarks to the OAS General Assembly Santiago, Chile June 10, 2003

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00322.htm


12: Powell Draws Outlines of "New Middle East"

Dead Sea, Jordan -- President Bush's vision for a prosperous, peaceful and democratic Middle East is optimistic and forward-looking and has the full commitment of his administration, Secretary of State Colin Powell says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00340.htm


13: Americans In Thailand Warned Of Terror Attacks

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Embassy has advised Americans in Thailand to conduct anti-terrorist "emergency drills" at home and at work after police arrested three Muslims allegedly plotting to bomb embassies and tourist sites, and captured ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00162.htm


14: Tonga Media Assoc. Lashes Out At Foreign Media

NUKU'ALOFA (RNZI/Pacific Media Watch): The Tonga Media Association has gone on the offensive over what it calls inaccurate, irresponsible and culturally insensitive criticism of the government by overseas media.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00317.htm


15: Hard News 24/06/03 - New stuff

I have some sympathy with MPs who are wavering on their support for Tim Barnett's bill to legalise and regulate pr*stitution - but not much. MPs have had the chance to scrutinise the arguments more closely than the rest of us - that any of them should ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00169.htm


16: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 24 June 2003

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Associate Minister of Justice: Does the Government’s announcement that it will introduce legislation to provide for Crown ownership of the seabed and foreshore prevent anyone from making an application to the Maori Land Court for title ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00436.htm


17: Security Response: W32.Bugbear.B@mm - SEVERE

W32.Bugbear.B@mm is a variant of W32.Bugbear@mm (originally discovered and named in the Sydney Symantec Security Response Centre in October 2002) and appears to be spreading quickly.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0306/S00021.htm


18: Don't Take Your Eye Off The Beachball, Ms Clark

The announcement of a Cabinet decision to restore Crown ownership of seabed and foreshore sound promising. But the fine print is far from reassuring, ACT New Zealand Treaty Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00427.htm


19: Iraqi Fighters "We Will Send Them Back The Bodies"

Somewhere in America, someone is itching to say "told you so". Elsewhere in the world, millions of people laugh, scoff, mock, and launch vitriol and hyperbole when discussing America's role in the world. All of a sudden, the so-called victory in Iraq, which ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00171.htm


20: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for June 20

ANNOUCEMENTS 1 Participation at the World Economic Forum in Jordan 1-2 World Refugee Day

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00319.htm


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http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00430.htm


22: Four Palestinians Extra-judicially Killed by IOF

Despite international condemnation of Israel’s assassination policy, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) assassinated four Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, less than 48 hours after an IOF undercover unit extra-judicially killed a ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00351.htm


23: Armed Opposition to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Armed Opposition to the U.S. Occupation of Iraq Could Signal a Protracted Guerilla War - Interview with Chris Toensing, executive director and editor of Middle East Report, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00172.htm


24: Taimi Publisher Blasts 'Smear' Campaign Media Grp.

AUCKLAND (Taimi 'o Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): Auckland-based Tongan newspaper publisher Kalafi Moala has launched a strong attack on the alleged "smear" tactics of the kingdom's conservative Tonga Media Association, accusing it of turning a blind eye to corruption.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00315.htm


25: Shipload of dirty coal not the answer!

Greenpeace escalated the climate change and energy debate at Port Tauranga today as the first shipment of coal for Genesis' Huntly power station arrived from Indonesia. Inflatables sped to the bow of the 187m vessel Almar, and climbers hung a banner ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0306/S00136.htm


26: Some Lives Seem More Important In War on Terror

Many innocent lives have been lost recently in Iraq and Afghanistan due to US bombs and weapons. There has been little or no outcry over this. In this article I will examine why it seems American lives are more valued and have more importance.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00173.htm


27: Bradford urges courage in face of 'moral minority'

Green MP Sue Bradford today called on MPs to show the courage of their convictions to support the Prostitution Reform Bill despite a widespread campaign of scare mongering by fundamentalist organisations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00431.htm


28: Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Mad Potter's Haul

Cartoon by http://www.kiddmillennium.com….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0306/S00160.htm


29: Hug An Immigrant Campaign Misses Point Says Peters

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Government’s policy of mass immigration is the real cause of resentment towards immigrants and the advertising campaign starting tomorrow is a waste of time and effort.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0306/S00428.htm


30: Myanmar: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi must be released

Amnesty International expressed its concerns at the news that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is being held in Insein Prison under the 1975 State Protection Law, Section 10(a).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0306/S00310.htm


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