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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

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: 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


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: The Week Ahead In Parliament - New Govt Takes Over

The first parliament with a new government for nine years opens today and the rest of the week promises to be both busy and bruising.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00092.htm


5: 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


6: 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


7: 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


8: 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


9: New Zealand's richest man supports the arts

New Zealand's richest man, Douglas Myers, has made a $1.5 million donation to Auckland University's new arts centre to help stop the brain drain. But are we also neglecting the "retired brains" in our society. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00090.htm


10: Black Caps In Box Seat On Day Five

In a see-sawing match the Black Caps are in the box seat in the first test match against the West Indies in Hamilton.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00091.htm


11: MMP Russian Style - A Right Wing Landslide

Scoop's Alastair Thompson says the trend in the Russian elections is a swing to the hard right not seen since the 1930's rise of fascism in Nazi Germany. He argues that if you are alarmed by this news you have every right to be.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00094.htm


12: 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


13: Slayed In NZ Wood Product Brand Label Launched

A 'Slayed in New Zealand' furniture label was launched today by Native Forest Action who have been running a campaign since February 1997 to stop Timberlands West Coast logging native forests on public land.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9912/S00084.htm


14: 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


15: 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


16: 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


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: Y2K Preparing For A Period Of Uncertainty

Sydneysiders are hoarding up to six months worth of food, water and batteries as millennium bug panic builds, according to yesterday's Sydney Sunday Telegraph. John Howard looks at Y2K.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00093.htm


19: NZ's Credibility On Line With F-16's - Mapp

New Zealand’s credibility as a western democracy prepared to pull its weight is on the line over the F-16 fighter contract, says National Party Defence spokesperson, Dr Wayne Mapp MP.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00075.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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