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Scoop Ratings - Yesterday's Top 20

Scoop's top 20 rating items yesterday were...

1: Russia Launches New ICB Missile as Grozny Invaded

As the Russian military begins its invasion of Grozny, Russia has launched a strategic intercontinental Topol-M missile using the occasion to warn the West against criticising its Chechen campaign. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00079.htm


2: Grozny Assault Underway - Troops Enter Outskirts

The Moscow Times reports that Russian troops have blasted their way into the outskirts of the Chechen capital of Grozny and are now engaging rebel soldiers in the besieged city.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00078.htm


3: Scoop Editorial: The Right Thing To Do

Russia this week decided not to blanket bomb Grozny. With the benefit of hindsight it appears the decision not to bomb was taken on Tuesday, right at the beginning of the week, Scoop's Alastair Thompson reports on the motivations behind the sudden ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00058.htm




4: Americas Cup - Prada Favourite At End Of RR3

After two days of strong winds and postponed match races the Americas Cup challenger race committee finally gave the gun to the final stages of RR3.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00028.htm


5: Scoop Images: Christmas Weather In The Holy Land

SCOOP MILLENNIUM SPECIAL: Scoop's Alastair Thompson asks the ARL Weather Supercomputer about the Christmas forecast in the Holy Land - Only On Scoop....

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00064.htm


6: Americas Cup - French Make It To Semi Finals

Le Défi was rewarded for winning seven consecutive matches in Round Robin Three of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Today, the French sailed around the course safely and confirmed the last Semi-Final berth.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00027.htm


7: Rankin on Thursday - Labour has Balance of Power

How strong can a Labour-led Government be in the MMP environment? Is Labour a dog easily wagged? Is it not true that the Greens have the "balance of power"? Or maybe New Zealand First? I argue here that Labour is strategically placed to dominate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00075.htm


8: World Watches As Russian Bear Awakes

The issue of Chechnya has been raised informally in the UN Security Council by individual members, but Russia has never allowed the matter to go further. The world is angry - but largely silent. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00082.htm


9: NEWSFLASH: Here We Go Again!

Perhaps Scoop spoke too soon.....

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00074.htm


10: Greens Flex Muscle Over Party Hopping Bill

It appears Green concern over the coalition’s anti-party hopping legislation will see the bill delayed until 2000.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00077.htm


11: Scoop Editorial: Putin Pushes Devil's Own Button

An increasingly desperate Russian Prime Minister may have overstepped the mark in his flagrant nuclear sabre rattling display today, writes Scoop's Alastair Thompson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00083.htm


12: ACT files for judicial recount in Rangitikei

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble said today that the ACT Party had filed in the District Court for a recount of the vote in the Rangitikei electorate. "In Rangitikei the returning officer has admitted that 100 votes are missing. As both National and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00063.htm


13: Opposition Teams And Responsibilities List

The Leader of the opposition has allocated her members into five teams. The following is the full list of the teams, and each members responsibilities within the groups.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00058.htm


14: Yesterday’s army fighting yesterday’s war

“Jenny Shipley’s determination to look busy has let her down again. Had she given herself more time to consider her caucus reshuffle, she may have come up with a better result,” Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00065.htm


15: 13 Suspected bin Laden Terrorists Arrested

Thirteen people believed to have links to Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden have been arrested in Jordan on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks against Americans over the New Year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00080.htm


16: 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


17: Tertiary qualifications not answer for WINZ staff

National’s spokesperson on Work and Income (excluding Employment) Belinda Vernon MP is keen to identify and remedy policy shortcomings by working with those who deliver services from Work and Income NZ, and those who receive them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00066.htm


18: 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


19: 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


20: Americas Cup - Prada Reclaims Top Position

Italy's Prada team has once again reclaims the top position in the Americas Cup challenger series.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00022.htm

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