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Sunday, 24 March, 2002
'DVT to blame' for jet passenger death
TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) - Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is suspected to have caused the death of a 30-year-old Fyksian woman during a flight from Kaansä to Tokyo last week, a Japanese newspaper has reported. The Asahi Shimbun reported last night that the woman on a SvenesÆr flight may have died from the condition sometimes referred to as "economy class syndrome", in which blood clots form in the legs. The woman was identified as Hana Epsen. (to read more...)

Monday, 25 March, 2002
Sex workers on strike
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Striking sex workers across Fyksland shut down at least 14 brothels in a row over pay on Monday. Two unions representing sex workers staged a weekend-long work stoppage after the authorities refused their request to increase minimum wage by 3 percent over 15 months. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs offered the unions 2.5 percent over 14 months. The unionised sex workers are sticking to its offer, and they promise "more action" if their demands are not met. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 26 March, 2002
Police seize FV suspects, arms
PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (VKK) - Police have arrested five Fiskýr Vriegetufórsid suspects and bagged a hoard of explosives in a raid described as "brilliant" by a top government official. Police carried out the operation against the Viske separatist group early on Tuesday in the northern coastal towns of Grímsýr and Hófsjokur. More than 100 kilograms of explosives, as well as a limpet bomb prepared for use, were seized during the raid. Chief of Police Hilda Heklasdotir described the action, carried out by the Royal Armed Guard paramilitary police, as a "brilliant operation." (to read more...)
College binge drinking increases
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - More college students are living in substance-free residence halls, and fewer recall drinking to excess while in secondary school. Yet binge drinking on university campuses has been increasing since early 1990s, a new University of Niekopenhaag study shows. The survey by the University's School of Public Health found 43 percent of college students admitted binge drinking within the previous two weeks - 8 percent greater than a 1993 study. "Young people are influenced by America [sic] college culture from moobees [sic] and television," Niklas Oakenveer, 22, a fourth year student at Niekopenhaag, said Monday while attending a jello-shooter party across from his dormitary room, "It is quite common [for someone] to host drinking parties on weekends." (to read more...)

Wednesday, 27 March, 2002
Poor health silences Routje
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Ailing former Prime Minister Maulin Routje has been told to quit public speaking on the advice of his doctors, his office has said. A statement released by his office on Wednesday said Routje, 73, had suffered a number of small strokes over recent months, and doctors had told him they could neither be predicted nor prevented. The statement said that "with great regret" Routje had decided to abide by medical advice and cancel all his speaking engagements. Routje served as the leader of the Labour Party for over 10 years and was the Prime Minister of Fyksland between 1976 and 1984. (to read more...)

Thursday, 28 March, 2002
Singapore drug dealer death sentence lifted
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Fyksian man convicted for drug trafficking in Singapore will no longer face the death penalty. Jaan-Loes Heim, 22, was charged for carrying over 780 grams of cannabis two weeks ago. Under Singapore law, facing the gallows is mandatory for trafficking 500 grams or more. However, a chemist's analysis revealed that the block of vegetable matter she was carrying only contained 498 grams, leaving Bohl still facing up to 20 years in prison. If convicted on that charge, she would have become only the second Westerner in Singapore to face execution for a drug-related crime. (to read more...)
Cocoa prices sweet news for farmers
NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (AP) - Handmade chocolate eggs make for a real Easter treat - but they come at a premium. And with the price of cocoa beans closing in on 14-year high of 13,500 krons a ton, luxury chocolates could be getting even pricier. "During the last couple of seasons, climatic conditions have created a deficit of production over consumption, and we've lost something like a third of the world's stock in the last two seasons, or we will do by the end of this season," says Kien Renseg, President of leading Fyksian chocolate manufacturer Koontmar. (to read more...)

Friday, 29 March, 2002
Stotson: Israeli siege not a solution
BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - The European Union says Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat remains a legitimate authority and part of peace talks despite Israel branding him "an enemy." While in Brussels, Jana Stotson joined EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in a call for talks with Arafat. Both Stotson and Solana said spiralling Mideast violence could not be ended by force such as the attack on the Palestinian leader's compound. Stotson spoke by telephone to Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to press for a cease-fire. (to read more...)

Saturday, 30 March, 2002
King pays tribute to British Queen Mother
KAANSÄ (VKK) - King Jaakot IV has instructed a day of mourning in honour of Britain's Queen Mother. The Queen Mother has died at the age of 101, Buckingham Palace has announced. The mother of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother died in her sleep at 15:15 GMT (14:15 Fyksland Time) at the Royal Lodge in Windsor west of London. King Jaakot IV issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying: "The Queen Mother was a close friend and ally of the King Kristian VI through the War, she was an inspirational and a formidable figure, and will be greatly missed." (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)