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Scoop Today - Yesterday's Top 20

Published: Thu 13 Jan 2000 08:55 AM
Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were....
1: Massive Canal Planned For Thailand
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00014.htm
2: Free'd billioniare reveals arbitrary injustice
Cannabis law reformers have mixed feelings over the recent "non-criminal" importation of marijuana and hashish by an American billioniare.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00002.htm
3: Anonymous Drug Importing Billionaire Leaves Today
An American billionaire caught importing over 100 grams of cannabis is flying home today leaving controversy in his wake.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00022.htm
4: Scoop Column: Hypocrisy In The War On Drugs
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00015.htm
5: 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
6: 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
7: 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
8: French Abandon Atolls
After 37 years the fifth French foreign military regiment is leaving the Mururoa and Fangataufla atolls used for nuclear testing between 1963 and 1996. However, the atolls future remains fragile. John Howard reports.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00019.htm
9: Scoop Editorial: Floating Hope
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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00012.htm
10: Poms Dropping Like Flies As Flu Epidemic Bites
The UK is in the grips of what is being desribed by authorities as a full scale killer-flu epidemic. People are dropping like flies and up to 20,000 could die. John Howard reports
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00009.htm
11: Russian President Putin Launches Online Presence
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. The article is interesting in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00011.htm
12: 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
13: Scoop Images: First Light In Timor
Images courtesy of the New Zealand Defence force….
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00017.htm
14: CLEAR launches one-stop online package
CLEAR Communications today announced a new one-stop package for businesses wanting to leap onto the Internet – without spending thousands of dollars on web site development.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0001/S00015.htm
15: New Zealand Herald
Drugs Billionaire - Name Suppression – Cannabis – Meningitis – Global Warming – Alan Gibbs In Accident – Young Kauri Award – Give Way Rule Changes – Waitangi – Parihaka – Lifesaving – ACT Review
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM0001/S00015.htm
16: World Watches As Russian Bear Awakes
The issue of Chechnya has been raised informally in the UN Security Council by individual members, but Russia has never allowed the matter to go further. The world is angry - but largely silent. John Howard reports.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00082.htm
17: Waitangi Day Invitation Extended to Prime Minister
A special Waitangi Day invitation has been extended to Prime Minister Helen Clark from organisers of several Waitangi Day events in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0001/S00006.htm
18: Cyber-Nations Causing Legal Interest
Psst! Want a new passport? You can get it over the Net. Welcome to Lomar the latest in a string of cyberspace nations that is causing international legal interest.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00005.htm
19: Tone It Down Jonah!
New Zealand First Deputy Leader Peter Brown MP today expressed his concern at Jonah Lomu’s stated desire to hold the world record for the loudest car stereo.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0001/S00010.htm
20: Scoop Today - Tomorrow's News Today
Lots more news....from Scoop
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0001/S00018.htm
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