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Sunday, 23 December, 2001
Terror police boards cargo ship
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Anti-terrorist officers have intercepted and boarded a cargo ship headed to Niekopenhaag. A police spokesman said the vessel was being searched and the crew had cooperated fully with the boarding party. Police said the raid was "a major security operation" but gave no details about why the MV Malina - registered in Panama - had been intercepted. (to read more...)

Monday, 24 December, 2001
Security heightened for Christmas' Eve
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - With the terrorist events of September 11, security has heightened around major airports and public areas in preparation for any event that might happen on Christmas Day. "Although no terrorist incident has occured in Fyksian soil recently, there is no reason why we should lower our alertness," said National Defence spokesman Jaak Kroegen. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 25 December, 2001
King reflects on tragedy and terror
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - King Jaakot IV, in solemn mood for his 7th Christmas message, reflected on the evil of the September 11 terrorist outrages in America. In a downbeat television, radio and Internet broadcast, he acknowledged that the past year had brought trials and disasters for many people. Fyksland had been hit by snow storms and has close call with the foot-and-mouth epidemic. The TV version of the Christmas message, recorded at Lækvogøn Palace, included film of other members of the Royal Family, including Princess Irene, Prince Hviliem and Princess Kristina. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 26 December, 2001
Holiday spending "comparable"
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The first business day after Christmas equates to post-Christmas sales, or simply "Boxing Day Sales" in Commonwealth countries. But here in Fyksland, the tradition of post-Christmas day sales continues this year as millions of shoppers lined up as early as 6 o'clock in the morning to be among the first to take home holiday bargains. This year's glooming economy has not deterred Fyskians' shopping practices, economist Olav Moen concludes. "This year's holiday spending is comparable to last year's figures", says Moen. (to read more...)

Thursday, 27 December, 2001
Fyksians cautious about euro launch: opinion polls.
KAANSÄ, (AP) - With less than a week to go before New Year's Day, Fyksians remain cautious about the launch of the euro in 12 other EU nations, opinion polls show. Most EU nations have been hauled into the single currency by their governments while Fyksians voted no in September 1999, affirming the strong anti-euro campaign and defying the advice of trade unions and business establishment. It is likely to be some time before any Fyksian government revives the question. Opinion polls show the Fyksian public opposed 2-1 to join the euro. But politicians believe opinion can be turned swiftly by a pro-euro campaign if the January 2002 euro launch is successful and if businesses back the campaign. That is, if Stotson's anti-EU government supports them. (to read more...)

Friday, 28 December, 2001
Greenlight to death penalty referendum
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The Alþig on Thursday has given an OK to hold a referendum on the question of abolishing the death penalty. The decision, long advocated by the EU and human rights lobbyists, come after a petition submitted with over 450,000 signatures. Current constitution requires that a referendum to be held if at least 5% of the signature of registered voters were collected in a petition. The specific date of the referendum has yet been determined. (to read more...)
EU names terror groups
BRUSSELS, Belgium, (Reuters) - A list of groups branded as terrorists by the European Union has been issued as part of a package of anti-terrorism measures. The plans freeze the assets of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas Izzedine al-Qassam, which the EU said was the "terrorist wing of Hamas." The EU has also named groups in Northern Ireland, Spain's Basque country as terrorists as part of a list of organisations which Fyksland and 15 other EU governments have accused of terrorist activity. (to read more...)

Saturday, 29 December, 2001
Have yourself an X-rated New Year's Eve
KAANSÄ, (AP) - Some of Fyksland's largest media companies are joining forces on New Year's Eve with the high-profile music performer Snoop Dogg to try to cash in on an unusual merger of hip-hop music and hard-core pornography. KrintoVu's Pay-per-view serivce and Jasimi are both offering their customers the opportunity to pay 12 krons on Dececember 31st to watch Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. According to the video's Europe distributor, the New Year's Eve showing will be a European pay-per-view premiere. (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)