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

1: Scoop Editorial: Time To Get Uncomfortable

If democracy can be likened to a flower then in Russia the flower is wilting. Shortly it will probably be plucked and thrown into the compost heap. The results in the Russian Parliamentary elections - now nearly finalised - are a clear wake-up call ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00098.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: 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: 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


5: FULL TEXT: Speech From The Throne

If there are any doubts still lingering over whether this new government is planning to shake things up, then this speech appears intended to dispel them. There is change afoot...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00100.htm


6: Tonight’s Moon Biggest Kiwis Will Ever See

For the first time since 1866 the Summer Solstice and a full moon will coincide tonight, with the moon being the biggest and brightest moon you are ever likely to see.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00102.htm


7: The speech from the throne is absurd

'The idea of a speech from the throne is absurd in 1999. While Sir Michael Hardie-Boys did a fine job, it seems ridiculous for an accomplished judge to be reading a speech on behalf of the Queen that was written by the Prime Minister,' said Dave Guerin, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00037.htm


8: Select Committe Members - Provisional List

Note: This list is preliminary and subject to change. Select Committee Chair-persons have not been elected yet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00106.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer

Today's questions for oral answer from the Office of the Clerk, the first of the New Parliament and probably last of the year...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00114.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: 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


12: Inquiries not enough say the Greens

The Speech to the Throne today showed that the government is heading down the right path, says Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00103.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: Green Party MP calls for new oath of allegiance

Green Party MP Keith Locke wants to see a Republican-friendly oath of allegiance in time for the next swearing-in of Parliament.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00104.htm


15: Huge step backwards

The minority coalition Government's programme as outlined in the speech from the Throne is a huge step backwards, says ACT Leader Richard Prebble

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00102.htm


16: Scoop Archive: Welcome To Godzone Ambassador Moseley-Braun

In the absence of archconservative, Sen. Jesse Helms, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing last Friday, gave US Ambassador-designate to New Zealand, Carol Moseley-Braun, a cordial reception which means she will almost be guaranteed the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/2a/a6/199911071818.921704c0.html


17: Irving's Resignation Leaves Unresolved Problems

The resignation of Professor Michael Irving as Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington will not solve all of the problems facing the institution, although it is a good start according the Chris Hipkins, incoming President of the Students' ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED9912/S00011.htm


18: Nats Liberalised Foreign Investment In Last Days

National Liberalised Foreign Investment Rules In Its Last Days - Cafca Calls On New Government To Reverse Them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00036.htm


19: Govt promises exceed available money

“The new government is making promises that it won’t be able to keep. The tax increases won’t produce enough money to pay for it all.” says National’s Revenue Spokesperson, Annabel Young MP.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00094.htm


20: Treasury briefing makes economic development Vital

New Zealand will only achieve higher living standards and sustained economic growth through a far-sighted economic development programme, Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton said today following the release of Treasury briefing papers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00095.htm

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