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Sunday, 14 April, 2002
Stowaway body found on plane
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The body of a stowaway has been discovered in the undercarriage of a freight plane after it landed at Skætlig Airport in Kaansä, police have said. The man is thought to have frozen to death. Temperatures can drop to below minus 40 degrees Centigrade in undercarriage bays at high altitude. The DAS Air Cargo flight is believed to have begun its journey in Johanesburg, South Africa, stopping off in Cairo before continuing its journey to Kaansä on Saturday. Checks are being made on the identity of the man but he is believed to be of African origin. (to read more...)

Monday, 15 April, 2002
Fyksland reflects on 40-hour week
KAANSÄ (VKK) - To voters, what could be more seductive? Work less for the same money and create jobs at the same time. It is the promise the Christian Democratic party ready to keep the party in power for the third consecutive term. So how will the Utopian notion of the 35-hour work week work out? Well, with a federal election around the corner, four out of five think it is a great idea, because some in fact will work four days out of seven. Many are supporting the idea of having extra time to spend with the family - the idea the Christian Democrats are stressing. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 16 April, 2002
Fyksian soldiers killed in friendly fire
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Five Fyksian soldiers, all based in Niekopenhaag, were killed and twelve others injured in a tragic friendly fire incident during a training mission in Afghanistan. At 15:44 Afganistan Time Wednesday, a U.S. Air National Guard F16 dropped one or two 225-kilogram bombs on the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Olivia's Light Infantry battle group conducting live-fire training exercises in an area 30 kilometres north of the Kandahar airfield. A company-sized unit of perhaps 80 to 100 was involved in the exercise when the bomb or bombs fell. The plane was not part of the training exercise. (to read more...)
Stotson expresses deep sadness to tragedy
KAANSÄ (AP) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson issued a statement of regret at the Alþig today expressing deep sadness to the tragedy in Afghanistan. "We, as a nation, stand today with the families of our fallen soldiers who were killed and wounded in this horrifying incident," said Stotson at the opening of Tuesday afternoon's parliamentary session after learning the news. Stotson also ordered flags to be lowered till sunset. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 17 April, 2002
U.S. president offers electronic condolences
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Stotson has confirmed that she has received a statement of condolences from U.S. President George W. Bush last night via electronic mail forwarded through U.S. Ambassador Jack Lemple. In the email, President Bush offers "sincerest condolences of the American people to the Fyskian [sic] families." Stotson's secretary Margriete Peter, who handles Stotson's email correspondence, also noted the addressee of the email was also mispelled. According to Lemple, flags at the embassy in Kaansä were flying half-mast Wednesday. (to read more...)
Fyksland, US order probes
KAANSÄ (AP) - Solemn sorrow mixed with shock and disbelief Wednesday as four investigations in two countries were launched into the friendly fire deaths of five Fyksian soldiers who were bombed by a U.S. fighter jet in Afghanistan. The incident tested the friendship between Fyksland and its military ally, as top U.S. officials pledged their support in finding the cause of the tragic incident that also critically wounded twelve Fyksian soldiers. But it did not shake Fyksland's commitment to the U.S.-led coalition for the War on Terrorism, according to Stotson. Retired Gen. Lene Ingle, will lead a five-person Fyksian board of inquiry. Ingle was hand-picked for the assignment by Prime Minister Stotson. (to read more...)

Thursday, 18 April, 2002
Princess Olivia visits families of fallen troops
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Returning from her holiday home in the Bahamas, Princess Olivia is spending most of her day visiting families of the five soldiers who were killed in a friendly fire accident in Afghanistan. The five soldiers were part of the Niekopenhaag-based regiment with whom the Princess maintains close contact. The 89-year-old princess said she was "devastated". She is the colonel-in-chief of the regiment that was named in her honour when it was formed in 1941. Princess Olivia is a younger sister of late King Kristian VI. Meanwhile Prince Hviliem, a Lieutenant-Commander of the Royal Fyksian Marine Force formerly trained in air and ground forces, was on hand in Ramstein, Germany to greet the wounded. (to read more...)

Friday, 19 April, 2002
Three denials and still strikes
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The pilot of an American F-16 fighter jet who dropped a 250-kilogram laser-guided bomb on Fyksian troops in Afghanistan, killing five and wounding twelve, had ignored orders not to fire, sources say. The U.S. National Guard pilot three times requested and was refused permission to drop his weapon after spotting tracer fire in a desert training area near Kandahar, where paratroopers of the Princess Olivia's Light Infantry were on a live-fire exercise. The Pentagon continues to refuse releasing the pilot's identity. (to read more...)

Saturday, 20 April, 2002
Fallen soldiers to return home
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - The bodies of five Fyksian soldiers accidentally killed by a U.S. bomb in Afghanistan arrived at Odense Military Base Saturday, as Fyksian expressed grief and anger over the deaths. Prime Minister Jana Stotson, the defense minister and the head of the military were on hand. The bodies arrived from a U.S. base in Ramstein, Germany, where their coffins draped in national flag were transferred from an American C-17. Few in Fyksland saw lasting damage in relations with the United States after the deaths. But many were angry over Wednesday's accident, over which the Fyksian media complained U.S. President George W. Bush did not show enough public regret for the tragedy. (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)