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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Coalition Now A Minority Government

The coalition agreement between Labour and the Alliance is now an agreement for a minority government after the Greens snatched a seventh seat off Labour, cutting the coalition to just 59 seats.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00049.htm


2: ELECTION 1999: The Dust Begins To Settle

After the last two and a half months of exhaustive media assault the New Zealand population only now seem to be emerging from their bunkers and looking cautiously to see if the political dust has settled. Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson have ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00050.htm


3: Americas Cup - The Latest Race Reports

AmericaOne on Top - Prada Blitzs Spanish - French Win Stars & Stripes Loses - Abracadabra Wins Young Australia Trails: Here is the Americas Cup challenger series latest race report.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00017.htm


4: Americas Cup - The Latest Race Results, Points Etc

Team Dennis Conner was back on the race course today, against Young America, after the 48 hour delay necessary to fix the structural damage on Stars & Stripes USA 55, which occurred before the race of 5 December. Stars & Stripes beat his rival ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00016.htm


5: The New Cabinet

Helen Clark has announced her new cabinet. The placings are:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00044.htm


6: Heartless Government Slashes Benefits

Beneficiaries around the country are reeling today after the Labour/Alliance Government confirmed they will cut benefits by $20 a week before Christmas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00013.htm


7: Greens Ahead By A Nose In Special Vote Race!

According to Scoop sources, with 49 finalised seats in the specials now counted, the Green Party is looking like getting another seat – at Labour’s expense.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00046.htm


8: Three Dead in Hokianga Stabbing

Three people including two young children have been found stabbed to death in a Northland House just west of Kaikohe this morning.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00053.htm


9: PM-elect announces new ministry

Prime Minister-elect Helen Clark today announced the ministerial portfolios for the new Labour-Alliance government, confirming Jim Anderton's appointment as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Michael Cullen's as Finance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00036.htm


10: Bunkle Welcomes Green Ex-Colleagues to Parliament

Ex-Green MP and Alliance Minister Phillida Bunkle said she was very pleased to learn that her ex-colleagues had made it into parliament and was looked forward to working closely with them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00054.htm


11: Americas Cup - Prada Loses For Second Time

AmericaOne has beaten Americas Cup leading challenger Luna Rossa ITA48 after a controversial penalty was dished out to Luna Rossa after it hit AmericaOne's transom with its bow. PLUS: here are the latest points, race tables, and schedules...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00011.htm


12: Editorial: Massive War Crime Threatened In Grozny

In the last four weeks of the 20st century, not to mention the millennium, the world is on the verge of experiencing the effects of a new generation of horrific weapons systems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00030.htm


13: Smallest States Accused Of Mafia Drug Cartels

Two of the smallest states in the world, Nauru and Niue, are facing an assault by the economic super-powers over mounting evidence that they are key players for the Russian mafia and South American drug cartels. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00048.htm


14: Jeanette Fitzsimons wins Coromandel

The Green Party's Jeanette Fitzsimons has won the Coromandel electorate by 246 votes after the counting of special votes on Tuesday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00028.htm


15: Americas Cup - Prada Leads Table As RR2 Ends

Round Robin two of the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Series ended after three previously cancelled matches were re-sailed from Race 6 of 14 November. Team Prada's yacht Luna Rossa completed the Round Robin yesterday with a total of 46 points, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9911/S00101.htm


16: Forest and Bird smiling after Cabinet announcement

Conservationists are smiling after the announcement of Cabinet portfolios today. Forest and Bird's conservation director, Kevin Smith, said Helen Clark and Jim Anderton had given the new government a flying start on the environment front, allocating ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00017.htm


17: Coast Leaders Seek Legal Advice On Logging Accord

A coalition of leaders on the West Coast, including the three mayors, are to seek legal advice in an effort to pin down the obligations of the new Labour Government under the West Coast Accord. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00051.htm


18: Scoop Images: Swearing In The New Government - 1

Pictures From The Signing In Of The New Government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00055.htm


19: Rebel Caucus Outraged At Benefit Bonus Backdown

The Rebel Caucus today voiced its disgust that the incoming government had reneged on their promise of a $20 per week benefit increase, saying that it was tantamount to a cut in beneficiaries' incomes and could split the coalition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00015.htm


20: Seize The Suhartos' NZ Assets - Murray Horton

It took the 1999 genocide by the Indonesian military and its militia death squads to focus the world's attention on East Timor (as opposed to the genocide there every year since the Indonesians invaded it in 1975). Contrary to the words of the old ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00045.htm

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