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Tuesday, 1 January, 2002
New year brings new money across Europe
FRANKFURT, Germany (VKK) - Nearly 300 million Europeans started their new year with a new currency, crossing a "symbolic bridge" toward economic unity in the most ambitious currency swap in history, according to the president of the European Central Bank. Fifty billion coins and 14.5 billion bank notes - totalling 5.5 trillion krons - became legal tender on midnight on Monday from Finland in the north to Greece in the south. The switch marked the end of national currency frontiers across the 12 nations in the eurozone. The old currencies will continue to be legal tender in the eurozone countries until the end of February, when the euro becomes the sole currency. Fyksland and three other European Union countries - the UK, Sweden and Denmark - have yet to sign on to the euro and are retaining their own currencies. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 2 January, 2002
Diplomatic storm over Fyksian detainee
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - It could be next week before the United States responds to a protest from Foreign Affairs about the treatment of a Fyksian detained in New York. Fyksland sent a note of protest to the U.S. embassy in mid-December asking about the fate of Omah Khalil. The Jordan-born doctor, who lives in Niekopenhaag, has been in prison for more than three months. He was arrested two weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 on suspicion of being in the United States illegally. Kaansä has protested that the Americans may have violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by denying Khalil his right to contact Fyksian consular officials. (to read more...)

Thursday, 3 January, 2002
Intercepted cargo ship allowed to dock
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Two weeks after terror police boarded the MV Malina, preventing it from docking, the ship's officers and 12 crew members were allowed to land. The Panama-registered cargo vessel has been anchored 10 kilometres off the coast of Niekopenhaag while terror police interrogated crew members and searched the entire ship after they have received intelligence about escaping Taliban members hiding somewhere onboard. Port authorities and police gave the greenlight to the cargo vessel last night to dock and proceed with unloading its cargo content since nothing suspicious was found. "The loss of our time and money must be compensated for this kind of failure of intelligence," said Juan Turro of Spain's Manallo, the company that owns the vessel. (to read more...)

Friday, 4 January, 2002
Alþig sets to combat spam
KAANÄ, (AP) - The Alþig has just outlined ways to combat spam, a practice that has become a "serious concern", says an Alþig representative. The Alþig is planning to admend the 1990 federal junk fax law, which prohibits unsolicited fax ads, to include e-mails and increase fines. Junk e-mail is a growing and costly nuisance, clogging e-mail systems with promises to lose weight, make money or see people naked. (to read more...)

Saturday, 5 January, 2002
Two arrested in whaling protest
PORTI IKSTIS, (PF) - Royal Marine Forces arrested two protesters after a three-hour stand-off on the high sea. Two armed men hijacked a commercial whaling vessel 5.5 nautical miles northwest of Porti Ikstis. The hijackers threatened to open fire on crew members if the whaling operation continues. Royal Marines arrived to the scene after a distress signal was received. The two Greenpeace protesters, American and Australian nationals, were apprehended by authorities three hours later. (to read more...)
Shops report smooth exchange with euro
KAANSÄ, (VKK) - A week after the introduction of the euro in most of the EU, merchants here in Fyksland have not yet reported any major problem with exchanging the new currency. Shops and restaurants in the two major international airports in Kaansä and Niekopenhaag have been accepting euro since January 1st. The total of 21 vending machines in the two airports have also been programmed to dispense only euro and Fyksian money since January 1st. (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)