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First Light Strikes Christ In Timor


Callup For Paceman As Black Caps Look Towards Clean Sweep Of Windies

- Kiwi paceman Sean Penn has been called up for today's final one day clash with the West Indies in Christchurch. Penn was surprised at the call he received yesterday and immediately flew to Christchurch for a last-minute team practice. He replaces Dion Nash who has a back injury and is likely to open the bowling with Chris Cairns. If NZ win this game it will be a clean sweep of both the test and one day series.

Scoop Column: The International Drug Trade

- The United States is now a major drug-producing nation on a par with Burma, Peru, Bolivia and Columbia according to Barry McCaffrey, head of President Clinton's US Office of National Anti-Drug Policy. John Howard reports. See... Scoop Column: Hypocrisy In The War On Drugs [1] in the Headlines wire.

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A New Canal To Rival Suez And Panama

- Thailand and the Japanese Global Infrastructure Fund are embarking on a bold and ambitious plan to build a canal linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It will rival the Panama and Suez canals. John Howard reports. See... Massive Canal Planned For Thailand [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Putin Online And Loquacious

The following is a transcript taken from a new web-site launched by then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin four days before his President Boris Yeltsin resigned and handed him the reigns to the Russian Republic. See... Russian President Putin Launches Online Presence [1] in the Headlines wire.

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UN Millennium Summit

- The Secretary General of the United Nations wants leaders and ordinary people to help shape a new role for the UN in the 21st century. A September UN Millennium Summit will be the largest single gathering of heads of state - ever. John Howard reports. See... Kofi Annan Seeks A Better Future For Us All [1] in the Headlines wire.

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A Frenetic Start To Y2k In The World Of International Relations

- If you thought 1999 was a roller-coaster and hoped the world would return to normal on January 1 2000 - sorry. If anything - so far - all appearances indicate it is going to get a whole lot worse, even if Y2k computer problems have proved rather illusory and the Second Coming didn't come. Scoop’s Alastair Thompson previews the global security situation at the beginning of the year 2000 and remains optimistic in the face of mounting odds. See... Scoop Editorial: Floating Hope [1] in the Headlines wire.

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MFAT’S Briefing To Government Released

- On the eve of his departure to East Timor, Foreign Minister Phil Goff has today released the 'Post Election Briefing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade'. See... Release Of Foreign Affairs & Trade Briefing Papers [1] in the Parliament wire. Also commenting on the release of the briefing paper is new Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control, the Hon. Matt Robson - 'As disarmament talks stall internationally, New Zealand's role in creating a world free of nuclear weapons is once again vital,” he says. See... Disarmament talks must be 'unstalled' says Robson [2] also in the Parliament wire.

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Helen Clark Invited To Onelove Celebrations In Auckland

- A special Waitangi Day invitation has been extended to Prime Minister Helen Clark from organisers of several Waitangi Day events in Auckland. See... Waitangi Day Invitation Extended to Prime Minister [1] in the Politics wire.

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Proof Is In The Pudding

- Green co-leader Rod Donald has challenged Social Services Minister Steve Maharey to guarantee WINZ will not blunder their handling of student finances like they did last year. See... Pressure Mounts On Rankin And Maharey [1] in the Parliament wire.

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No Trip To Big Apple For Cullen

ACT Leader Richard Prebble has released his letter to Finance Minister Michael Cullen, urging Dr Cullen to take action to prevent a credit rating downgrade. The Finance Minister has rejected the advice saying the rating agencies know what New Zealand’s policies are already. See... Prebble calls on Cullen to fight for credit rating [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Clintons Get Spiritual And Ecumenical

- The holiday season’s spiritual importance has not been overlooked by the White House. See... Mr and Mrs Clinton’s Prayer For The New Millennium [1] and President Clinton Commemorating End of Ramadan [2] , both in the General wire.

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Internet Media Giant Created In $700 Billion Merger

- The biggest merger in corporate history – “America Online And Time Warner Will Merge To Create World's First Internet-Age Media And Communications Company” - See the official announcement... America Online And Time Warner Will Merge [1] in the Business wire.

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No Change Expected From Reserve Bank Tomorrow

- The RBNZ formally reviews monetary policy settings on 8 occasions during the year – Deutsche Bank is not expecting any change to the cash rate tomorrow. See... RBNZ Cash Rate Review - No change expected [1] in the Business wire.

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Government Urged To Keep Genetics Advisory Committee

- The Government must move swiftly to confirm an on-going role for the Independent Biotechnology Advisory Committee (IBAC) according to National MP, Simon Upton. See... Government Must Secure IBAC's Future [1] in the Parliament wire.

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ACT Leader Richard Prebble On The State Of The Nation

- “ We have just witnessed the first global party. It seemed the whole world was celebrating, and we were first. There is a strong feeling that now is the time to make a new start.” See Richard Prebble’s State Of The Nation speech... New millennium, new government, new hope [1] in the Parliament wire.

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HIV/AIDs Now A Global Security Issue

- Opening a special session of the UN Security Council in New York US Vice President began his address observing that the HIV/AIDs epidemic is having important security consequences. See... Al Gore Remarks At UN Security Council Opening [1] in the General wire. Mr Gore has also unveiled a NZD$300 million US initiative to combat the disease. See... Al Gore Unveils Initiative to Combat Aids to UN [2] in the General wire.

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Spina Bifida Common

- More than 50 babies are born with spina bifida every year in New Zealand - which makes it a common condition, says Lyall Thurston, National President, New Zealand CCS. See... Spina Bifida Is Common, And 70 Percent Avoidable [1] in the General wire.

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Vegfed Sees A Need

- The election of minority political parties with even informal links to Government, highlights the need for the rural sector to have its own members of Parliament. See... 'We Need A Rural Focused Political Party' - Vegfed [1] in the Politics wire.

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