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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 ...
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.
An increasingly desperate Russian Prime Minister may have overstepped the mark in his flagrant nuclear sabre rattling
display today, writes Scoop's Alastair Thompson.
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.
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...
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.
'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, ...
Note: This list is preliminary and subject to change. Select Committee Chair-persons have not been elected yet.
Today's questions for oral answer from the Office of the Clerk, the first of the New Parliament and probably last of the
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.
The first parliament with a new government for nine years opens today and the rest of the week promises to be both busy
The Speech to the Throne today showed that the government is heading down the right path, says Green Party co-leader
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, ...
Green Party MP Keith Locke wants to see a Republican-friendly oath of allegiance in time for the next swearing-in of
The minority coalition Government's programme as outlined in the speech from the Throne is a huge step backwards, says
ACT Leader Richard Prebble
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 ...
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' ...
National Liberalised Foreign Investment Rules In Its Last Days - Cafca Calls On New Government To Reverse Them.
“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.
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