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

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: 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


4: 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


5: 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


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: HARD NEWS: The Election That Wouldn't Die

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... so there we were, Friday night in Sydney, a cluster of enterprising knowledge workers with a high tolerance for fun. And could we get a taxi? We could not. Not at the same time, to the same place, anyway.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00087.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: Commercial Education Model Dead - Maharey

New Tertiary Education Minister Steve Maharey has said the commercial, competitive tertiary education model is “dead” and that a new think-tank will be considering changes for the sector.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00085.htm


10: 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


11: 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


12: Time For Minister To Remember Promise To Students

“For the second time this week the Minister of Social Services and Employment has proved that his word means nothing” says National’s Work & Income spokesperson Belinda Vernon.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00073.htm


13: 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


14: Fake Gathering Tickets In Circulation

Organisers of New Zealand’s largest dance party, The Gathering, are warning people who have purchased tickets in the last month that they may have purchased forgeries.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00086.htm


15: 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


16: 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


17: New Government warned not to rush tax bill

ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide today warned the new government not to rush through legislation to increase taxes under urgency in the week before Christmas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00074.htm


18: National Radio Midday Bulletin

Moseley-Braun - Prisoners - Boats - Council - Crop and Food - Tenants - re-count - Gathering - Y2K - Pressure - Syria - Coach - Test

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9912/S00102.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: Greens call for community wage payments over XMas

A request from the Green Party for people on the Community Wage scheme to retain their weekly $21 on top of their benefit over Christmas is being considered by Employment Minister Steve Maharey, the Greens say.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00072.htm


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