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Sunday, 12 May, 2002
Princess' life of service and duty
KAANSÄ (AP) - The son and daughter of late Princess Juliana have returned to Fyksland to mourn the death of their mother. Duke Vridirik Reinma-Rosenge and Marquess Klaudia Reinma-Rosenge of Ardir have each return from their residences in Singapore and Melbourne in preparation of the Princess' funeral to be held Saturday. In a live televised interview on Mother's Day Sunday, Duke Vridirik pays tribute to his mother's service to Fyksland as a princess. "She was a devoted servant of Fyksland, representing her country here and abroad with dignity and grace." (to read more...)

Monday, 13 May, 2002
Opening up a can of wåms?
KAANSÄ (AP) - The Official Languages Agency has approved the recommendation put forth by the Royal Fyksian Academy to offialise the use of the letter "å" in place of the "or" group. According to the Academy, the unofficial use of the letter "å" in lieu of "or" has been gaining popularity during the past century. Officially, "å" -- often considered as an "underused" letter in the Fyksian language -- could only be found inserted between double consonants. "Fyksian is a living language and it must be updated to reflect that fact," said the Official Languages Agency. But many fear such change will bring only confusion to an otherwise standardised language. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 14 May, 2002
Anti-execution protest clashes with police
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Nation-wide protests and demonstrations marked the eve of the execution of condemned criminal Edven Straus. Crowds gathered outside the Alþig and Supreme Court in Kaansä and Gaamla Duchy Legislation Building shouted anti-death penalty slogans. By early evening, violence took over the otherwise mostly peaceful at Kildøvog Square. Police and anti-riot guards were called to the scene to stop crowds from launching projectiles at nearby shops and businesses. Ninety year-old Edven Straus is deemed to be the oldest person to be executed in Fyksian history. Straus was convicted in 1983 on eight counts of war crime charges including treason and espionage committed during World War II. Straus was also blamed for his role in the Fall of Fyksland to the German troops. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 15 May, 2002
War criminal executed
NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (VKK) - Convicted 90-year-old war criminal Edven Straus has been executed in Skoenveldte Maximum Security Prison under heavy security outside. Straus was pronunced dead at 9:06, approximately six minutes after being administered the first of three lethal injections. The first execution carried out in Fyksland since 1947 brought much controversies and protests. For security reasons, witnesses of the execution were kept under gag-order, and the venue was not made public until 15 minutes before the execution took place. Though a few dozen demonstrators managed to arrive in time to chant anti-death penalty slogans. (to read more...)
Execution destructive to European ideal: EU
BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - The European Union has condemned the execution of Edven Straus as barbaric and cold-blooded. The criticism came immediately after the news of Straus execution has been released. The president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly condemned today's execution as "destructive to the European ideal." Lord Russel-Johnston said Fyksland must actively work towards removing of the death penalty and that Fyksland is putting its EU membership on the line. (to read more...)

Thursday, 16 May, 2002
Pointing the fingers on execution
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Many politicians and the public were ready to lay blame on yesterday's execution of convicted war criminal Edven Straus. "How could this have happened? Here we are allowing the murdering of a senior citizen in hidden location whilst we spend all our attention mourning over a royal who was dying with cancer anyway," said Liberal Party leader Riet Skoetli. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stotson has been silent in the middle of the controversy, refusing to comment on the incident on most occasions. But her political opponents were less quiet on the issue, questioning the justice system and the lack of intervention from the government to reprieve the Straus execution. "They are fully capable to stop it," said one anti-death penalty supporter. (to read more...)

Friday, 17 May, 2002
Stotson's hair for real
KAANSÄ (VKK) - In a case which has mesmerised the European media, a court has ruled that Prime Minister Jana Stotson does not dye her hair. Kaansä district court upheld Stotson's bid to stop a news agency from repeating the suggestion her hair colour was not natural. Lana Klaus, the hairstylist who charges the Prime Minister 150 krons for her haircuts, made a sworn statement to the court that Stotson did not dye her hair. "If you had the opportunity to get as close to her head as me, then you would see that she too has grey hairs," she told Reuters television at last month's hearing. She added: "If our biggest problem in Fyksland is whether our prime minister dyes her hair, then things seem to be going well for us here." (to read more...)

Saturday, 18 May, 2002
Princess laid to rest
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Princess Juliana has been laid to rest Saturday afternoon in Kildønvog Park alongside with her father King Kristian VI in a private ceremony attended by close members of the royal family. Earlier in the morning a solemn funeral service was held in St. Mark Cathedral attended by members of the royal family, foreign royals and other VIPs from Fyksland and abroad. Prime Minister Stotson was seen attending the funeral in a wheel chair, still in recovery from injuries induced from her car accident last week. Despite pouring rain, tens of thousands of mourners and spectators lined the route of the funeral possession to pay their last respect to the Princess. (to read more...)

`Ondør händlig du ståste im mänesåter liskhiedek igøt uitvøjaut. Heler, a einöinaut mondär määnien.'
-Vaijskäna Alþigkvøna Jana Stotson (16a Sijþsku, 2001)
`Ondýr hándlig du stíste im mánesíter liskhiedek igýt uitvýjaut. Heler, a einóinaut mondár 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)