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Scoop Today Special – East Timor In Turmoil

Scoop’s award winning - (see coverage of the unfolding story in East Timor continues with peace keepers poised to enter East Timor. Meanwhile Chinese Premiere Jiang Zemin’s visit to Christchurch attracts controversy...





Commentary Of Great Moment

- Megawati Sukarnoputri is expected to be the next President of Indonesia. Yesterday she penned the following commentary on the East Timor situation for Newsweek magazine. See... Megawati: "I am saddened, ashamed, concerned" [1] in the Headlines wire.

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- Recently declassified documents from the US Commerce Department reveal the Clinton White House intelligence report on Indonesian President, B.J. Habibie. In the CIA's opinion Habibe is “the type of official needed today in developing countries”... See... US Intelligence Say Habibie "Right Type Of Person" [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Scoop News Puzzle: What Does The CIA Think of Shipley?

- In light of Scoop’s West Coast correspondent John Howard’s report on the CIA’s opinion of Indonesian President B.J.Habibe Scoop wonders what the US dossier "trip reports" prepared on PM Jenny Shipley, our Cabinet Minister's and politicians say? Scoop readers are invited to send their ideas of what the reports may say to

Anti-Aussie Feelings Rising In Jakarta

- Hundreds of angry Indonesian students marched through the streets of Jakarta yesterday warning Australia so stay out of East Timor. John Howard reports. See... Protestors Tell Aussies To Go To Hell [1] in the Headlines wire.

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Selwyn Manning Says Goodbye To APEC

- The drum of commuter traffic has once again restored Auckland to its gridlocked best. And smiles beam involuntary as the media team clear out of the Aotea Centre for foreign shores. See... Goodbye APEC - Has Been Nice Knowing You [1] in the Headlines wire.

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SCOOP WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Operation “Restore Order”

- Indonesia has been widely condemned over the past two weeks for its failure to keep order in East Timor. With calm apparently restored inside the Indonesian territory, Scoop's Alastair Thompson today brings you the first glimpses of the inside story... Indonesia's Triumph - Operation "Restore Order" [1] in the Headlines wire. See also background info from Scoop's archive on the leak of an Indonesian planning document [2] ".

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UN Decision Pending - Aussie Casualties Could Follow

- Australian Prime Minister John Howard said he expects an announcement from the UN Security Council approving an Australian-led peacekeeping force to East Timor in six to eight hours time - around 6pm NZ time. Howard said the Australian public should be under no illusions that there could be conflict and casualties in the mission and that the mission would be more effective if troops were given the legal backing to defend themselves fully.

Special Parliament On Friday

- The New Zealand Parliament will hold a special session from 2pm on Friday to discuss NZ's planned deployment of peacekeepers to East Timor.

Frigate Te Kaha Sees Dili Burn - Joins Military Force

- The New Zealand frigate sailed close enough to East Timor on Friday night, on route to Darwin, that staff could see the glow as Dili continued to burn. As Te Kaha sailed through Wetar straight, 40 kms north of Timor, the ship's anti missile gun was loaded and staff were ready for action. Te Kaha's radar monitored the airlift of Timorese refugees to Darwin and monitored six Indonesian warship in the area. The crew have stepped up small arms training and have now joined a large naval presence off Darwin. Kiwi troops are in Australia, with Te Kaha and the tanker Endeavour, as well as a Hercules aircraft.

Outrage Over Removal Of Tibetan Protestors For Chinese President

- Green Party foreign affairs spokesperson Keith Locke has written to the police and Jenny Shipley outlining his concern over the removal of peaceful Free Tibet protesters from a Christchurch city street last night. "All the evidence points to them being removed on the request of the Chinese President Jiang Zemin,” he said. See… Protest Letter Over Removal Of Tibet Protest [1] in the Politics wire.

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PM Speech To Chinese Presidential Banquet

– “I am delighted this evening to welcome you, President Jiang and Madame Wang, to Christchurch, and to this official dinner in your honour. A few weeks back, when Burton and I visited Beijing, you honoured us by hosting a private dinner in the Great Hall of the People.” See… PM Speech To Chinese Presidential Banquet [1] in the Parliament wire.

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Greens Shocked By Treatment Of Tibetan Protestors

- The Green Party has been shocked by the removal of peaceful Free Tibet protesters from a Christchurch city street last night. They say all the evidence points to them being removed on the request of the Chinese President Jiang Zemin. See… Protest Letter Over Removal Of Tibet Protest [1] in the Politics wire.

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Timor / Aboriginal Protest In Treetops

- From Wednesday, September 14th the East Timor Embassy, joined by the Aboriginal Embassy have begun a permanent presence in Raintree Park, at the top of the Darwin City Mall. See… East Timor Embassy in Darwin [1] in the General wire.

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NZ Trade Union Federation Slam Apec PR Plan

- Not content with having destroyed tens of thousands of workers jobs through two decades of tariff reduction, the Government endorsed at APEC a $16 million "communications strategy" which, if successful, could see manufacturing die in this country and tens of thousands of Kiwis lose jobs, said Maxine Gay of NZTUF. See… TUF Slams Proposed $16 Million PR Campaign [1] in the Politics wire.

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Congratulations On APEC New Zealand – Roundtable

- “The APEC leaders' meeting was a success for the region and New Zealand,” Mr Ralph Norris, chairman of the New Zealand Business Roundtable said today. See… Apec: Well Done New Zealand! [1] in the Business wire. Jonathan Hill Scoop Wellington Reporter see

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Libertarianz Disgusted At APEC Media Coverage

- Libertarianz Deputy Leader Richard McGrath wonders where our country's leading news reporters have disappeared to. “We obviously had the B-team in action during Bill Clinton's state visit,” he suggests. See… Clinton Media Fawning Disappoints [1] in the Politics wire. Jonathan Hill Scoop Wellington Reporter see

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SEE ALSO: General Wire and News Monitor for official transcripts and news monitor reports on the Crisis.

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