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1: New Zealander First To Explain UFOs

For centuries unexplained lights have appeared in the night sky with no suitable theory though many have been advanced. A New Zealander is claiming he was the first to successfully explain the mystery lights commonly called "UFOs" with ...

2: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

3 & 7: Judgement In The People Vs George Walker Bush

The Defendant is a convicted war criminal consequently unfit to hold public office ; citizens ,soldiers and all civil personnel of the United States would be constitutionally and otherwise , justified in withdrawing all co-operation from the Defendant and ...

4: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

5: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 17 March 2004

1. Genetically Modified Wheat—Monsanto 2. Civil Defence and Conservation, Ministers—Confidence 3. Social Development, Ministry—Legal Action 4. Community Education Courses—Members of Parliament 5. Taxation—Corporate Tax 6. Terrorism—Residency and Citizenship 7. ...

6: NEWSFLASH UPDATE: Reserve Bank Bomb Scare

A police sergeant spoken to by Scoop says this is not an exercise as far as he is aware. Conincidentally a major Counter terrorism exercise starts next Monday .

8: NEWSFLASH: Reserve Bank Bomb Scare

The Reserve Bank Building in Wellington adjacent to Parliament was evacuated this morning and Bowen Street and the bottom of the Terrace blocked to all traffic and pedestrians after a bomb scare.

9: NEWSFLASH: Suspected Bomb A Gift To Minister

Wellington Police say a suspicious package delivered to the Reserve Bank Building - which led to a bomb scare and the evacuation of four buildings - has been identified as a "ticking gift to a cabinet minister".

10: Via Haiti US megaphones Venezuela: Will you comply

Open or covert illegal aggression has always been a principal tool of US foreign policy. The energy needs of the US and its allies will dictate the next likely savage intervention - in Venezuela.

11: Questions for Oral Answer -Thursday, 18 March 2004

1. GERRY BROWNLEE to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement given on her behalf regarding the seabed and foreshore, "the language of ownership is clearly divisive in this context. If one wants to be divisive, as one's main purpose, ...

12: Wackenhut, repackaged and "innocently disguised"

Wackenhut, the parent company of Australasian Correctional Management or ACM, the detention company who lost last year its second bid to run Australian detention centres, has recently re-launched itself under another name on the New York Stock Exchange ...

13: Police To Test Counter Terrorism Response Monday

New Zealand’s ability to deal with terrorist attacks is to be tested over a 72-hour period next week. Exercise Lawman 2004 begins in Christchurch on Monday. Several fictitious "serious" events over the following three days will mobilise ...

14: Powell Interview by Tom Brokaw

MR. BROKAW: Mr. Secretary, what do we know about who is behind the attack in Madrid? Was it ETA, the Basque separatist movement, or was it al-Qaida?

15: Syria: Mass arrests of Syrian Kurds

Amnesty International today expressed serious concerns about reports that at least 20 people have been killed and hundreds of Syrian Kurds arrested by security forces in Syria since 12 March 2004.

16: Effects of Zionism on the Palestinian People

The political movement of Zionism is about the continuous development of Israel. This expansion occurs through the confiscation of Palestinian land and resources.

17: Clark's strategy number seven

Opposition leader Don Brash says that Winston Peters's decision to lend support to the delaying tactic of a Royal Commission on Treaty issues, after adamantly opposing such a delaying tactic, shows a remarkable flexibility. Dr Brash's comments come ...

18: Public Address 18/03/04 - Party Off, Dudes

So the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs meets tomorrow to decide the fate of the legal party pills trade. But if the comments in today's Herald story on the subject are any indication, it would be a little difficult to have great confidence in its ...

19: Evacuation Sensible and Necessary

An evacuation sparked by a bomb scare at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology this morning was “sensible, necessary and appropriate”, according to the Ministry’s chief executive Dr Helen Anderson.

20: Yet Another Trans-Neptunian Planet Found

The discovery has been announced of yet another tiny planet beyond Neptune, second only to Pluto in size. The object is designated 2003 VB12 and is presently 89 times Earth's distance from the sun. It was noticed as a very faint, very slow-moving 'star' ...

21: Image: The Earl of Wessex At Government House

17 March 2004 - The Earl of Wessex in front of a painting of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at a reception at Government House in Wellington tonight (17/3).

22: A Chance To Meet Mary-Kate And Ashley In LA

The ZM radio network in association with the mary-kateandashley brand is searching for New Zealand's biggest Mary-Kate and Ashley fan! The winner and two companions will get to meet the most famous teenagers on the planet in their home city, Los ...

23: National welcomes Labour back-down on foreshore

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee is pleased that Labour is finally listening to the vast majority of New Zealanders who agree with National's campaign to secure Crown ownership over the foreshore and seabed.

24: Iraq One Year On: Has Washington Won?

One year since US President George Bush announced the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the plans for an imperial ''new American century'' have come seriously unhinged.

25: Court injunction casts doubt over rankings

The High Court injunction preventing the release of comparisons between New Zealand and British universities throws the validity of the ranking of universities and their staff for the Performance Based Research Fund into doubt, says National's education ...

26: Iraq: Continued Ban Forced Refugee Repatriations

Iraqi asylum seekers must not be repatriated from host countries even if their claims are rejected, the United Nations refugee agency reaffirmed today, citing the "alarming frequency" of violent attacks in Iraq.

27: Public Address 17/03/04 - Sin 'n' Things

Is anyone concerned about our political leaders apparent inability to engage in a sustained debate without getting personal? We've already surrendered each day's parliamentary Question Time to name calling, mindless goading and point scoring. This doesn't seem ...

28: Peters Tells Nats To Think Of NZ

Rt Hon Winston Peters has urged Don Brash to take a deep breath and start thinking seriously about extricating National from its impossible position over Treaty of Waitangi issues and the foreshore and seabed.

29: Maharey must explain hip-hoppers 'chill out'

National Party Social Services spokeswoman Katherine Rich is calling on the Government to explain why hip-hoppers travelling on taxpayer funding 'went to Hawaii and Fiji ... basically to chill out', and she is calling on the Minister to review the entire ...

30: The Real Deal: HUD Sec. Mel Martinez' Hotseat

UnAnswered Questions About $59 Billion Missing from The US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and the “Piratization” of Our Jobs, Land, Savings & Safety (Part I of III)


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