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Published: Wed 8 Nov 2006 12:55 AM
TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES
SCOOP LEAD STORY
Parliament: MPs Vote Today On Whether To Raise Drinking Age
Questions Of The Day:
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
Foreign Affairs: PM Off To Meet Europe Leaders
Youth Issues: Maxine van der Velden Trust Gets Boost
More Headlines:
Film News (includes video): Sponsors Sought For Kiwi Film On Kenyan Grandmothers
SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:
Media: Big Guns Meet To Discuss Arab Media
Middle East: Israel PM States Israel Killed 300 "Terrorists" In Gaza
UN Audio News:
More World Headlines:
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SCOOP LEAD STORY
Parliament: MPs Vote Today On Whether To Raise Drinking Age

The Keep-it-18 campaign has pointed to figures from the Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council (ALAC) to show that the claims by promoters of raising the drinking age back to 20 that youth drinking is "out of control" are misleading and don’t focus on the real issues behind New Zealand's drinking problems. See... Alarmist Statements on Youth Drinking Misleading [1] ALSO:United Future - Copeland's amendment to drinking age bill [2] Green Party - Cross-party youth action on drinking age [3] Focus on Family - Time To Quit Costly Social Experiment on Children [4]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00103.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00087.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00106.htm
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:
Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 Nov. 2006 [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00113.htm


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NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
NEW ZEALAND LEAD:


[1] - Critics of the MoH's MeNZB vaccination campaign believe it has slandered three Norwegian pro-vaccine professors of medicine, including the newly appointed UNESCO Bioethics Chief, Professor Jan Helge Solbakk. Prior to the New Zealand screening of a Norwegian documentary on TV1’s Sunday programme the New Zealand MoH claimed it was made by and featured rabid anti-immunization zealots. See... MOH Slanders New UNESCO Bioethics Chief [2]
[1] - Health News: Has NZ's Health Ministry Defamed This Man?>http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0611/S00029.htmHealth News: Has NZ's Health Ministry Defamed This Man?
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0611/S00029.htm
Foreign Affairs: PM Off To Meet Europe Leaders

- Prime Minister Helen Clark will meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Jacques Chirac, and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi during her visit to Europe, which has been timed around the dedication of the newly-built New Zealand Memorial in London. See... PM to visit Europe & attend APEC Leaders’ meeting [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00111.htm
Youth Issues: Maxine van der Velden Trust Gets Boost
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- On November 11, 2006 the Mount Eden Village Business Association will gift a donation of $2000 to the newly founded Maxine van der Velden Memorial Charitable Trust; to help young Aucklanders achieve their dreams. The Trust has been set up in memory of Maxine van der Velden, a much loved Mount Eden resident, who was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in 2004, aged 19. See... Young Aucklanders given chance to pursue Passions [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00080.htm
MORE HEADLINES:
Buy Kiwi Made regional fund announced [1] Dunne: firework ban a step too far [2] Kaikoura: Armed Offenders Callout [3] APEC Leaders Urged to Revive Doha Round [4] Outrageous Fortune Gets Third Series [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00138.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00113.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00159.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00083.htm
Film News (includes video): Sponsors Sought For Kiwi Film On Kenyan Grandmothers
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- At a special event hosted by AMP Financial Services, Qiujing Wong (Q) from Borderless Productions was awarded one of twelve scholarships to help launch a unique filmmaking endeavour in Africa. Further Sponsors are sought for this most excellent project, A Grandmother's Tribe. See... NZ Filmmaker Wins Scholarship For Africa Project [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00050.htm
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Media: Big Guns Meet To Discuss Arab Media
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- The Prime Minister of Lebanon and international media personalities including Thomas Friedman of the New York Times and David Ignatius of the Washington Post will participate in an international conference in Beirut in December to draw attention to the threats against Arab media. See... Arab Media in Danger [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00100.htm
Middle East: Israel PM States Israel Killed 300 "Terrorists" In Gaza
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- On October 30, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reportedly told the Knesset Security and Foreign Affairs Committee that in the past three months, the Israeli military has killed 300 "terrorists" in the Gaza Strip in its war against terror. See... Who Does Israel's PM Consider To Be A Terrorist? [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00107.htm
UN AUDIO NEWS:


UN Audio:
[1] UN Humanitarian Chief Demands Immediate Freeze on Use of Cluster Bombs - Palestinian Envoy Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza Strip - UNRWA Says There are No Safe Havens in Gaza - Global Warming Threatens World Heritage Sites - Panama Wins Non-Permanent Seat on Security Council – SPECIAL FEATURES: A New UNEP Report Details Threats to World Heritage Sites Posed by Climate Change - Youth Leadership Summit 2006: Youth Around the Globe Gather to Share Problems and Solutions.
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00117.htm
MORE WORLD HEADLINES:
Greenpeace Criticises IEA Report As Wasted Opportunity [1] Archbishop Tutu Condemns Bushman Evictions [2] Early Election Results Released In DR Congo [3] Calls For International Court To Re-Try Saddam [4] Immediate Action To Curb Use Of Cluster Bombs [5]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00099.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00097.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00095.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00094.htm
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