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Scoop Today - Weekend Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop over the past weekend were...

1: 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


2: 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


3: 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


4: 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


5: 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


6: 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


7: 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


8: 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


9: 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


10: 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


11: Scoop Images: New Bra Beats Bounce

Photo Caption: Sarah Findlay models one of the new Cool Guard sports bras, designed particularly for jogging, aerobics and women's soccer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC9912/S00005.htm


12: 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


13: 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


14: 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


15: Americas Cup - Prada Narrowly Beats Young America

Leading Americas Cup challenger, Luna Rossa - ITA 48, marked her debut today by beating New York Yacht Club's Young America team. PLUS: the points, the weather, the forecast, who races who tomorrow and more...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00003.htm


16: 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


17: 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


18: 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


19: Scoop Today - 15 Days To The New Milliennium

A black Jesus Christ wins a Catholic art competition, Russia attacks Grozny and launches an ICBM in a show of might and the first cricket test has started....

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00084.htm


20: 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

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