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Sunday, 16 December, 2001
Snow storm causes airport havoc
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Over 60 cm of snow fallen in two hours last night have shut down the Kaansä Skætlig International Airport for 7 hours. As many as 200 flights were delay and tens of thousands of passengers were affected. It has been reported that some stranded passengers have been waiting for over 24 hours. The airport is expected to return to normal capacity by early Saturday evening. (to read more...)

Monday, 17 December, 2001
Tape shows Kaansä attack plans
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The government has released a chilling videotape it says shows targets of a planned attack by a broken terrorist cell in Kaansä. The video shows footage of Fyksian military targets but the government says that the militants were also planning attacks on U.S., British, Israeli and Australian missions in Kaansä. Sixteen people were arrested in Fyksland since September 11 who the government believes are part of a terrorist cell with links to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. Three people have since been released. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 18 December, 2001
Japan to resume Fyksian whale blubber import
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - After the 5-year Japanese ban on import of Fyksian whale blubber, Japanese consumer groups on Monday announced that Fyksland can now resume exporting the delicacy to Japan. The export can resume as early as January 1st, an industry insider says. The 1996 ban was lifted as tests had shown PCBs and heavy metal levels in the whale blubber has dropped well below the Japanese government's maximum permissible level over the years. Despite the global moratorium on the harvesting of whales in 1986, Fyksland, Japan and Norway are the only industrial nations in the world that continue to hunt whales commercially. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 19 December, 2001
SvenesÆr drops on stronger VK bid
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Shares in Fyksland's dominant carrier dropped 3.5 percent Wednesday after the syndicate aiming to take over collapsed rival Vaijskä Kohnäa won key international backing. SvenesÆr closed at 5.32 kron, down 40 cents on Monday's close and 17% below the two-year high of 7.4 it reached on July 7th. SvenesÆr has moved to a domestic market share of 40% in the three months since the collapse of its chief rival VK in mid-September. (to read more...)

Thursday, 20 December, 2001
EU threatens new sanction over whale product export
BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - The European Parliament Fisheries Committee in a letter of condemnation sent to Kaansä yesterday saying it will impose new economic sanctions if Fyksland resumes its export of whale blubber to Japan or any other country. The continual hunting of whales beyond the 1986 global moratorium, however small scale, has already stirred up heated debates when the EU considered Fyksland's membership in 1994. Fyksland, nearly denied of its EU membership because of the issue, agreed to discontinue exporting whale products to all EU countries. Environmental groups such as Greenpeace has already filed similar protests. (to read more...)

Friday, 21 December, 2001
Cellphone use hits 6 million
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Fyksland now has over 6 million cellphone users, officials say. It added 2.5 million mobile users in 2001, through November, strengthening the country's claim as the fastest growing cellphone market in Europe. Fyksland's three mobile phone companies added twice as much user in November than they did same time last year, the Ministry of Culture and Communication Raas Käsilesen reported on Friday. (to read more...)
Princess denies wild rumours
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Less than a week after her 3rd year midterm exams at Sorbonne, rumours of Princess Juliana's wild side have already surfaced. Princess Irene denied publicly today at a charity function to all recent reports of her daughter's drunken behaviour in the streets of Paris, and demanded appologies from tabloid newspapers Kaansä Kosmose and Du Uitkrantä. In photographic reports published by two of Fyksland's largest tabloid publications last weekend, the 22-year-old princess was shown frequenting a bar in La Marais district of Paris. (to read more...)

Saturday, 22 December, 2001
Countess Marie-Rose to wed
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Countess Marie-Rose Reinma-Duplesis of Montesie has announced her engagement with 29-year-old British journalist Ronald Blackmur. The couple has not set the wedding date yet, but jokingly said that their wedding will certainly not proceed unnoticed. The 25-year-old countess is the daughter of Princess Terese, Duchess of Montesie, and King Jaakot's cousin. Countess Marie-Rose's engagement does not require consent from the King and the Alþig as she is the 13th in line of succession. (to read more...)

`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)