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Weekly News from Fyksland Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 17 March, 2002
Gaamla takes in Japanese duchess
NUGJŲLUT, Gaamla (AP) - The Gaamhä Castle celebrates today the wedding of Duke Pete Kresel-Poenheim and Nyomi Wasabikuoka of Japan. The wedding of the heir of the Duchy of Gaamla was held in St. Steven's Cathedral in central Nugjųlut. The streets of Nugjųlut were lined with spectators to catch a glimpse of the wedding possesion including the silver horse-drawn carriage carrying the newly wed. Wasabikuoka was created Duchess of Gaamla upon marriage, and became the first person of Asian descent to marry into the Fyksian aristocracy. (to read more...)

Monday, 18 March, 2002
Right to die case back in court
STRASBOURG, France (VKK) - A terminally-ill Fyksian woman who wants her husband to help her die has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights. Physically unable to take her own life, and with a life expectancy described as "very poor," 37-year-old Rona Koemte appeared before Europe's highest human rights court to argue that she should be given the right to die in dignity with her husband's assistance. She is seeking to overturn a Fyksian appeals court ruling which said her husband could not be granted immunity from prosecution if helped her commit suicide. Koemte is paralysed from the neck down by motor neuron disease and is confined to a wheelchair. (to read more...)
Fyksian man charged with trafficking in Singapore
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Fyksian national has been charged with possessing about 780 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking in Singapore last Friday. Twenty-two years old Jaan-Loes Heim has been kept in touch with his family and lawyer since his arrest last wednesday. According to one Fyksian diplomatic advisor for Singapore based in Hong Kong, drug trafficking is a capital offense in Singapore. Heim is scheduled to appear in court on Friday. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 19 March, 2002
Woman survive fall from cruise ship
LAAKTUMAA, Ųtali-Žorja (AP) - A female crew member of a cruise ship was being treated for hypothermia Thursday after falling overboard and spending over than three minutes in icy water, said a spokeswoman for the ship's owner, Royal Fyksian Cruise Lines. The 24-year-old woman was listed in critical condition after her rescue just northwest of the Reykjavik, Iceland, officials said. The woman was seen fallen offboard at 13:25, but there were no details as to how she fell off the ship. Burns said the ship's passengers alerted the crew, which began an immediate rescue operation which was critical to the woman's survival in the deadly freezing water. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 20 March, 2002
Death sentence still in hot debate
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The death penalty continues to be a heated item in the Alžig in light of the Heim case in Singapore. While the foremost urgent matter on the agenda would be the possibility to reprieve the death sentence for condemned war criminal Edven Straus scheduled for May 15th, on-going pressure from the EU for a moratorium on capital punishment including the Kaal Hoeke case still stirs up a storm in the Alžig. Although Fyksland remains the only nation that has death penalty in its penal code in the EU, or Western Europe for that matter, no execution has been carried out since 1947. The Supreme Court is looking to commute the sentence of the country's 26 death row inmates to serving life in prison. (to read more...)

Thursday, 21 March, 2002
Vaijskä Poste's new president picks new name
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Vaijskä Poste is now called the Staandęt Poste (Standard Post) after Jani Meilminen became the new president of the national news publishing giant. "The new name represents the upcoming improvements that are going to attract more readers," said Meilminen in a news conference. Staandęt Poste remains a subsidiary of Vaijskä Radio, who controls most of the country's major media broadcasting groups. Political observers say, however, Meilminen's presidentship may mean the paper will take a swing further to the right. (to read more...)

Friday, 22 March, 2002
Fyksian man could face Singapore gallows
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore court has postponed for further investigations a case against a 22-year old Fyksian man who could face the gallows after being charged for drug trafficking. Jaan-Loes Heim was arrested on March 13 and charged last Friday with possessing about 780 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. "The case is still under investigation," Heim's lawyer, Yeow Joo Yun, told reporters outside the courtroom. He declined to elaborate. The death penalty is mandatory in Singapore for trafficking in 500 grams or more of cannabis. The possession of cannabis was no longer a criminal offense in Fyksland since 1995. (to read more...)

Saturday, 23 March, 2002
Historian links Jųlantä with Swedish town
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (AP) - The duchy of Jųlantä may have a Swedish link, scholar has found. Swedish linguist and historian Andreas Johansson in a paper published yesterday in the Journal of Anthopology and Archeology by the University of Niekopenhaag, theorised the name of the duchy may have related to a wave of immigrants from now Swedish province of Bohuslän. According to Johansson, the province belonged to Norway until the 17th century. Johansson said the Norweigian immigrants from Jörlanda have settled in the southern part of Fyksland in 11th century. Originally named Seumhia, the name of the duchy was changed to Jųlantä when Fyksland was under Danish rule. (to read more...)

`Ondųr händlig du storste im mänesorter liskhiedek igųt uitvųjaut. Heler, a einöinaut mondäe määnien.'
-Vaijskäna Alžigkvųna Jana Stotson (16a Sijžsku, 2001)
`Ondżr hįndlig du storste im mįnesorter liskhiedek igżt uitvżjaut. Heler, a einóinaut mondįe mįįnien.'
-Fayskįna Alšigkvżna Jana Stotson (16a Syšsku, 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)