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Sunday, 2 December, 2001
Fyksland gears up for euro
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Less than a month before the launch of the euro in January, many Fyksian businesses are already equipped to take the new currency. Banks and other financial institutions have already been trading the euro for two years, but now, many vending machines and shops in airports around the country are now ready to take the euro. Even though Fyksland is not in the euro zone and had held referendum to reject the adaptation of the single currency, many businesses in the tourism-service sector say they welcome the euro. (to read more...)

Monday, 3 December, 2001
British Airways bid for VK not favoured
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The administrators of failed Fyksian airline Vaijskä Kohnäa on Monday reaffirmed their plans to sell it to a Niekopenhaag business syndicate, dealing a heavy blow to the expansion ambitions of British Airways. British Airways planned to team up with its potential new owner, Fyksian transport and logistics group VraaNet, to enter a rival bid. VraaNet on Saturday night agreed to inject up to 86 million krons into British Airways and take a controlling interest in it, if it was successful in a bid for VK. But, the administrators rebuffed the plan saying a syndicate headed by Niekopenhaag businessmen Kjeil Geestman and Pete Vasne offered the best hope of a return to VK creditors. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 4 December, 2001
Labour Party backs death sentence
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Capital punishment was the heated topic when the Alþig resumed yesterday. The coalition government is once again split on the issue, with the Christian Democrats confirmed their traditional stand against death penatly while Labour Party leader Lanse Lindrot says his party supports the use of death penalty on the Kaal Hoeke case. "It has been a case that nobody thought anyone would have to deal with again, but the party supports the juries' and the judges decision," said Lindrot. The last execution was carried out in 1947, over half a century ago. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 5 December, 2001
Human cloning banned
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Scientists in Fyksland have been banned from using cloning techniques to produce babies. The Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001 was rushed through Alpig after a Supreme Court decision that the government had no control over the use of embryos created by cloning. Just two weeks ago U.S. scientists announced they had successfully created human embryos through cloning - a potential step on the way to produce a cloned person. (to read more...)

Thursday, 6 December, 2001
Death penalty referendum not favoured
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Under increasing pressure from the EU and human rights watchdogs, some politicians have called for a referendum to decide on the death penalty issue. However, the coalition government has indicated that any conclusion resulted from such referendum would not be the real indication of public opinion on the issue, since a specific case has already been put on the spotlight. (to read more...)
Vaijskä Radio formally takes over Info-Iksä assets
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Vaijskä Radio has bought the assets of Info-Iksä, a major media group, in a deal the Fyksian media giant values at 250 million krons. Already owning two of the nation's most influential newspapers, Vaijskä Poste and Kaansä Poste, Vaijskä Radio's deal will create a major broadcasting and newspaper publishing unit in Fyksland and give it even greater access to a even greater distribution market for its products. Observers say, however, the merger may mean further monopoly over the Fyksian media. (to read more...)

Friday, 7 December, 2001
Niekopenhaag blocks toxic waste vessel
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (JP) - Royal Fyksian Marine Force has intercepted a cargo vessel at the Port of Niekopenhaag, preventing it from accessing port facilities. The 60 tons of tainted transformers and other equipment are junk from French bases in the South Pacific, stowed in 10 containers aboard the Jin Mau, a Chinese ocean shipping vessel scheduled to dock today at Terminal 21 in Niekopenhaag before heading to an undisclosed recycling facility. Port authorities immediately sought for action when they have learnt the cargo contents are tainted with heavy metals and are possibly radioactive. The waste contractor is allowed to process domestic harzard wastes under current legislations, according to an Environment Fyksland spokesperson. (to read more...)

Saturday, 8 December, 2001
Collapsed retaining wall kills at least four
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - A section of retaining wall collapsed onto Highway 1 near St. Skepel, 24 km southeast of Kaansä approximately 15:20 this afternoon, burying at least seven vehicles. Over 70 tonnes of mud, rocks and other debris gave way onto the busy six-lane highway burying by-passing vehicles and causing chain collisions. At least four people have died from related collisions while rescue workers have yet to find anyone from underneath the rubble. Police and engineers are currently investigating the incident. (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)