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The weekend’s top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Colin L. Powell On Release of Japanese Hostages

MR. KANEHIRA: Thank you so much, Secretary. We just received the good news from Baghdad that three Japanese civilian hostages have been released in Baghdad.

2: New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq

BASRA - Fifty days after the first reports that the U.S. forces were unloading weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in southern Iraq, new reports about the movement of these weapons have been disclosed.

3: 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.

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: 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 ...

6: Renewed army incursion into Kafr Ein

REPORT: After last night's incursion by the Israeli army into the village of Kafr Ein, when two internationals (Janne from Denmark and Richard from the UK) were unlawfully detained by the army, this morning the IDF again entered the village, this time with ...

7: UQ Wire: Who's Who on the 9/11 Commission

Several citizens' organizations as well as the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks have expressed hope that the 9/11 Commission will ultimately reveal the truth. Their hopes may be a little overblown.

8: Michael King's Last Interview - Transcript

Long live the King The following is a transcript of the last interview Michael King gave before his untimely passing. It aired March 22, 2004 on 95bFM . Interviewer is Simon Pound, transcriber Matt Nippert. From:

9: The Real Deal: 9-11 Profiteering

A Framework for Building the ''Cui Bono?'' UnAnswered Questions - Much has transpired since September 11, 2001. Something does not add up. Someone has something to hide.

10: Pinocchio And Pacific Patsy’s Double Act at the UN

This year it’s Honduras’ turn to ‘pass-the-parcel’. That we might just be able to understand, but word is out that it is co-sponsored by New Zealand?!!! Que Linda! Whose dumb idea was this?

11: Sam Smith: Bush Outsources Foreign Policy To Israe

GEORGE BUSH, with the concurrence of his purported opponent, John Kerry, has effectively outsourced his major foreign policy to Israel, thereby creating a substantially increased risk of further attacks on the U.S. mainland.

12: Dog deals blow to Kaweka kiwi population

A Hawkes Bay kiwi recovery programme is urging hunters to take proper care of their dogs in the bush after an adult female kiwi was killed by dogs in the Kaweka Ranges on Wednesday.

13: US Lawyers To Report On Meeting With Aristide

Lawyers Investigate Violations of International Law Surrounding de facto Haitian Government Following February Coup

14: REPORT from Jo Wilding in Falluja

Trucks, oil tankers, tanks are burning on the highway east to Falluja. A stream of boys and men goes to and from a lorry that's not burnt, stripping it bare. We turn onto the back roads through Abu Ghraib, Nuha and Ahrar singing in Arabic, past the ...

15: Govt Held High Powered Secret Meeting On Spy Cas

Scoop understands that a high-powered New Zealand Government crisis meeting was held in the last week of March after the Prime Minister was informed that two suspected Mossad connectives had been arrested in Auckland.

16: UQ Wire: George & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamtie

The first thing you got was the tie. You lost the importance of the press conference. You lost the fact that Bush had only done two of these prime time gigs in his entire term, and that he hates them because he isn't good at them.

17: Got Juice? California Power Shortages This Summer

Get ready for another jolt this summer. California energy officials are expected to issue a startling report next week warning that the state is going to be terribly short of electricity, which could result in a repeat of the energy crisis that wreaked ...

18: Marc My Words: The Crimson Tide Is Turning Blue

Politics, like firearms, can either be used to protect people or to enslave them - particularly when it comes to how we live as opposed to how we should live. After a year and a half, I have come to the conclusion that governments are a necessary ...

19: Chuckman Cartoon: Finishing The Job

A cartoon by John Chuckman

20: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for April 15

IRAQ/IRAN 1 Assassination of Iranian Diplomat 1-2, 3-4, Iranian Role in Iraq 11-12 2,5 al-Sadr Situation 2-3 Iran Mediating Italian Hostage Release 4 U.S. Knowledge of Delegation

21: Bush Blair Comments Pre-empt Israel Assassination

Remarks by the President and United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair in Press Availability Rose Garden

22: Sudan: Systematic rape of women and girls

"In our culture, it is a shame, and women will hide this in their hearts so that the men do not hear about it," a woman interviewed by Amnesty International

23: Sludge Report #154 – Bigger Than Watergate!

In This Edition: Bigger Than Watergate! - How To Rig An Election In The United States - Fantasy vs Reality - How We Discovered The Backdoor - Evidence Of Motive - Evidence Of Opportunity - Evidence Of Method - Evidence Of Prior Conduct - Consistent Unexplained ...

24: Courage And More Martyrs

I was in the centre of Nablus yesterday, about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, when a youth was shot and killed by the IOF. He is SAMER ZORBHA, aged 18, a student at the High School in Nablus.

25: PUBLIC ADDRESS 16/04/04 - Wrapping Up

Look closely, because I possibly will never say this again: thankyou John Banks. The Westhaven waterfront debacle probably always needed a little double-dealing and subterfuge to fix it, and Banks was always likely to be your man for that ...

26: Eyebrows raised at Global Windpower Conference

Windflow Technology’s innovative turbine technology gained strong interest at the recent Global Windpower Conference in Chicago. Organised by the American Wind Energy Association, the convention attracted more than 3,600 delegates from around the world. ...

27: Doug Giebel: Dance Of Death

The Sunday of Easter, 2004, on Meet the Press, U.S. Senator John McCain crooned a soothing message to the nation. Iraq, he said, is not Vietnam. He remarked on how we lost more troops during a week in Vietnam than we've lost in Iraq all year.

28: UQ Wire: 911 - They Let It Happen On Purpose!

Imagine you wake up from a coma and you learn that 11 months ago, an "Attack on America" destroyed some significant buildings, killed 3,000 people and forced a war against terrorism. You switch on the news and see pictures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, ...

29: Scoop Feedback: Death and Casualty From Iraq

The following feedback has been received from Scoop readers in response to our decision to publish graphic pictures from Al Jazeera showing the true horror of war.

30: Photo-Essay 1: Death and Casualty From Iraq

Editor’s Warning: The images in this series are horrific and depict the reality of injury and death in this US-led War against Iraq. Scoop is determined that its editorial policy will continue to serve truth, accuracy and honesty and that its reportage ...

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