Weekly News from Fyksland
Coverage and translation provided by Info-Iksä
English Edition 200124

Sunday, 25 November, 2001
Kaansä counts down to Christmas
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Precisely one month to Christmas, the capital leads the country in setting the holiday spirit in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Kildønvog Square Sunday evening. Her Majesty Queen Sara lit the 10-metre tall Christmas tree at the centre of Kildønvog Square, which also initiated series of coordinated lighting of over 2 million bulbs along King Kristian VI Boulevard. King Jaakot IV led similar lighting ceremonies at the Parliament and the Royal Palance earlier in the evening. (to read more...)

Monday, 26 November, 2001
Fyksland sets to ban human cloning
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Emergency legislation banning human cloning in Fyksland is being introduced the day after American scientists announced a breakthrough in creating human embryos. The new laws, drawn up to close a legal loophole in Fyksland after the High Court ruled that cloning humans was not illegal, would not have outlawed the American research. The private U.S. research company - Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), based in Worcester, Massachusetts - behind Sunday's breakthrough said its scientists had produced "preimplantation embryos" but were aiming to use them for research to treat disease, not to create a cloned human being. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 27 November, 2001
"Bark" named finalist in Sundance
LOS ANGELES, U.S.A. (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival, the premiere gathering for independent cinema in the United States, on Monday named the finalists for its 2002 dramatic and documentary film competitions with its usual, eclectic mix of new and familiar artists making the cut. In the drama grouping, the list of 16 entrants includes the aptly titled "Bark," directed by first time Fyksian director Kasia Adamik and starring Lisa Kudrow and Hank Azaria and Fyksian actor Lee Tergesen in a story about a man who must deal with a wife who suffers from the delusion she is a dog. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 28 November, 2001
Hoeke, guilty
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Almost three months after the trial began, the jury has ruled that Kaal Hoeke is guilty on numerous counts of war-crimes commited during World War II and will receive death sentence, the maximum punishment for such crimes. A jury deliberated for five hours before returning the sentence against Hoeke, 86, who is guilty on four counts of conspiracy, three counts of treason, nine counts of espionage, and two counts of attempted murder committed during the course of 1940-1945. Lead prosecuting lawyer Lisa Oresen says the trial represents the victory for the victims of the holocaust and their families and the people of Fyksland, however an appeal is "likely" since there is a great opposition to the death penalty in the country. (to read more...)

Thursday, 29 November, 2001
Ex-Nazi sentence sparks new debate
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Hours after the verdict for the trial of Kaal Hoeke was read, demonstration outside the Supreme Court was already underway protesting the death sentence for Hoeke, where protestors claimed that death sentence is a violation of human rights. Hoeke was found guilty for numerous counts of war-crime charges, which under current Fyksian criminal code, the criminal is punishable to a maximum of death sentence. Fyksland is the only nation in the EU where death penalty is yet to be abolished for all crimes. This will be the first case of death penalty in Fyksland since 1947 when nine individuals were executed for war crimes. (to read more...)

Friday, 30 November, 2001
Beatle George Harrison dies
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Fans are mourning the death of former Beatles guitarist George Harrison, who died aged 58 after a long fight against cancer. Harrison died in Los Angeles, U.S.A. at 1:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Thursday, spokesman Geoff Baker said, but further details were not available. Fans left tributes at the gate of Harrison's former chalet at the outskirt of Kaansä where the musician lived between 1984 and 1986. (to read more...)

Saturday, 1 December, 2001
Fyksland underfired over death sentence
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The European Union, in a "strongly-worded" letter sent to the Prime Minister yesterday, stated that it strongly opposes any form of death penalty carried out by its member country and appealed that the death sentence for war-criminal Kaal Hoeke's to be revoked. Prime Minister Jana Stotson says that her government's stand on the issue is "debatable" and that it will be of top priority when the Alþig resumes on Monday. The execution has already triggered debates among Fyksians over capital punishment. (to read more...)

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`Ondør händlig du storste im mänesorter liskhiedek igøt uitvøjaut. Heler, a einöinaut mondäe määnien.'
-Vaijskäna Alþigkvøna Jana Stotson (16a Sijþsku, 2001)
`Ondýr hándlig du storste im mánesorter liskhiedek igýt uitvýjaut. Heler, a einóinaut mondáe máánien.'
-Fayskána Alðigkvýna Jana Stotson (16a Syðsku, 2001)
"The greatest deed of evil in the history of mankind has deterred nothing. Rather, it has united the world's people."
-Fyksland Prime Minister Jana Stotson (16th September, 2001)