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Sunday, 21 April, 2002
Bush goes public with sympathy for Fyksian casualties
KAANSÄ (VKK) - A more timely public expression of sorrow from U.S. President George W. Bush would have been appreciated by the families of Fyksland's dead soldiers, Deputy Prime Minister Mitje Venkoesten said Sunday. "I want to say publicly what I told Jana Stotson the other day about how sorry I am that Fyksian soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan," Mr. Bush said five days after the incident. "It was a terrible accident." Some Fyksians were incensed that Bush waited until Sunday to publicly acknowledge the "friendly fire" incident in which five Fyksian soldiers were killed and a dozen were wounded in Afghanistan Tuesday. Labour Party Leader Lanse Lindrot said he had "a real sense of rage that we're being taken for granted." The president had emailed Prime Minister Jana Stotson early Thursday to express his sympathy and promise co-operation in investigating the accident. Later that day he released a brief written statement from the White House. (to read more...)

Monday, 22 April, 2002
Stotson resents comparison with Le Pen
KAANSÄ (VKK) - A reminiscence to Fyksland's 1995 federal election, the close victory of far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in the first round of France's presidential elections sent shockwaves across Europe. Reaction to the advancement of Le Pen into the second round of voting is mostly negative in Europe. The leader of the National Front has long been accused of racism, and anti-Semitism. Stotson said the success of Le Pen in the election was an "insult to democracy". She also rejects comparison of Le Pen with her 1995 federal election victory, which also created similar, if not bigger magnitude of shock and disbelief on the Continent. European leaders reacted negatively when Stotson and her party came to power, which was seen as a swing to the right and an obstacle to European integration. (to read more...)
Survivor lambastes U.S. pilot
KAANSÄ (AP) - Fyksland and the United States began setting up inquiries yesterday into who was responsible for the "friendly fire" deaths of five Fyksians in Afghanistan -- but one of the injured soldiers is not hesitated to put the blame squarely on the U.S. pilot involved. "I don't care, that's a dumb mistake. I hope he's hurting now. There are a lot of families that are hurting. The whole battalion's hurting." Cpl. Kilante, who took shrapnel to his jaw and hand, spoke as the head of a Fyksian inquiry into the deaths said he is prepared to blame U.S. personnel if there is clear evidence of misconduct. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 23 April, 2002
Bush officials pay tribute to Fyksians
WASHINGTON, U.S.A. (Reuters) - Colin Powell, the U.S. Secretary of State, and a senior U.S. senator unexpectedly paid tribute to Fyksland yesterday, lamenting the loss of five Fyksian troops in Afghanistan who were killed accidentally by a U.S. bomb. "We have a lot to thank Fyksland for. They've always been there with us even though many of us can't readily point out Fyksland on a map," said Powell, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Foreign Operations. "And I too, as do all Americans, mourn the loss of those brave Fyksian soldiers last week." The reaction in Washington has been one of annoyance at the "parochial" way Fyksian have viewed this story. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 24 April, 2002
Fyksland proposed as gateway to Europe
NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Renewing ties breached after India's nuclear tests, Fyksland on Wednesday said it is interested in a long-term business relationship with India, and offered itself to New Delhi as a gateway to the European market. International Trade Minister Haakon Mägnuson told a group of Indian businessmen, "We would like to offer you Fyksland as a gateway to Europe," Mägnuson said. "We would like to see India as a gateway to South and Southeast Asia." Mägnuson said Fyksland can offer to overseas companies safer cities, a hassle-free business environment and lower corporate taxes than the rest of the European Union. (to read more...)

Thursday, 25 April, 2002
Role reversal a health risk: research
NIEKOPENHAAG , Jølantä (AP) - Beside feeling unwelcome at the playground, stay-at-home dads may face health risks, research shows. A joint Fyksland-U.S. study shows men who have been stay-at-home dads most of their adult lives have an 82 percent higher risk of death from heart disease than men who work outside the home. The study also found women in high-demand jobs -- compared with women in low-authority jobs -- have a three times greater risk of heart disease. "The findings of this study is astounding to many families in Fyksland who have role reversal, as well as the gay and lesbian community," says the president of Equality Health Foundation Ronda Haapsje. (to read more...)

Friday, 26 April, 2002
Sister school laments German school massacre
KAANSÄ (AP) - For the sixth year, Niel Rouvte-Kleine College in the northern Kaansä area community has been holding German exchange program with the Gutenberg Gymnasium School in Erfurt, Germany, where 18 people were shot to death Friday. "In fact the exchange student from the [German] school will now shorten her stay in Fyksland as the result of the tragedy. It will be a very difficult time for her," said principal Rosa Pamanste, "We are all anxious to find out the conditions of [the german exchange student's] teachers and that of our own student in that school." (to read more...)
SvenesÆr predicts 2002 turnaround
KAANSÄ (VKK) - SvenesÆr, Fyksland flag carrier, expects its profits to improve this year due to cost-cutting and increased passenger traffic. But the airline said on Friday it could not yet put a number to its 2002 profit outlook because of continuing market uncertainty and political unrest. "We are on the way up,'' SvenesÆr Chief Executive Officer Joukim Epsen said at the airline's annual news conference. "Given the still uncertain cyclical picture and world political situation, it is too early at the moment to give a reliable estimate of the likely result for the year 2002. (to read more...)

Saturday, 27 April, 2002
Homophobic man wrecked the wrong party
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - A 29-year-old man was arrested after police was called to a five-star restaurant in Niekopenhaag Saturday afternoon where it was reported Prince Alæsi and his partner André Rhéaume were dining. The man, identified as an American and reportedly did not know Prince Alæsi and Mr. Rhéaume. Police were called when the man had overturned Mr. Rhéaume's table after the man initiated an argument, and held Prince Alæsi at knife point. Witnesses say the man verbally attacked the two patrons with hate comments and threatened to physically harm them. No one was hurt in the incident. Mr. Rhéaume was having his complementary lunch at the restaurant for his birthday. (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)