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Sunday, 26 May, 2002
Palace to release royal assets
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Under recent intense speculation about the size of their fortune prompted the royal family to issue an unusual clarification on the subject. The Lækvogøn Palace release Monday the official figure of royal assets of nearly 400 million krons, far below the previous estimates by EuroBusiness of a sum of 3 billion krons. The royal family says that figure also included state assets. But the palace’s total does not count a 50-acre property and villa in Denmark and the royal yacht, or art and other land holdings. According to the ranking published by EuroBusiness, the Fyksian royal family is one of the richest royal household in Europe. (to read more...)

Monday, 27 May, 2002
Death penalty referendum campaign in full swing
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Less than two weeks before the referendum on death penalty on 9th June, anti-death penalty campaign is already on full swing. The death penalty opponent has launch a massive poster campaign and television advertising depicting the brutality of capital punishment. The pro-death penalty campaign, although less graphic, focuses on the seriousness of the capital crimes. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 28 May, 2002
Alþig to vote on immigration bill
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Alþig is set to vote on an amendment to the existing law for asylum seekers this thursday. The amendment will shorten the required 17-year residency to 12 before eligible to apply Fyksian citizenship. However the bill will also forbid rejected asylum seekers to repeal their cases in Fyksland. The current policy requires asylum seekrs to reside in Fyksland for seven years after granted a Permanent Residence Permit -- granted after ten annual renewal of Temporary Residence Permit -- before the immigrant is allow to apply for citizenship. (to read more...)
Authorities probe Niekopenhaag mass food poisoning
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Department of Health has launched an investigation into what may be a case of mass poisoning in the Niekopenhaag area. Close to 30 cases of food poisoning have been reported in the metropolitan area over the past two days. Hospitalised patients reported diarrhea and nausea. The City of Niekopenhaag has immediately sampled the water supply, but reported no signs of contamination. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 29 May, 2002
Niekopenhaag recalls pistachios
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Authorities have recalled nearly a million tons of pistachio currently distributed for sale in the Niekopenhaag area. The Department of Health has established links for the recent mass food poisoning case to a particular shipment of pistachios from Turkey. However, authorities say this is an isolated case and will not impose a ban at present. (to read more...)

Thursday, 30 May, 2002
Alþig OK's immigration bill
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Alþig has passed Bill G-232 to amend the current immigration policies. Members of the Alþig has voted 121 to 42, with five abstained, to approve the controversial bill. The new bill will allow Permanent Residence Permit holders to apply for citizenship after 2 years. "The new policy will alow immigrants to fully integrate into Fyksian society sooner and take part in the democracy," says Liberal leader Riet Skoetli. But the new amendment will also forbid rejected asylum seekers from appealing their cases in Fyksland. (to read more...)

Friday, 31 May, 2002
Fyksland under criticism for tough immigration laws
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Whilst Denmark's parliament has passed a package of tough immigration laws, Fyksland remains under scrutiny for its tough laws for asylum seekers -- one of the toughest in the EU. European Union nations are blaming Fyksland, and now Denmark, for diverting many would-be asylum seekers to their countries. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said his country's policy has "merely caught up with the European average", and it is working towards a policy similar to that of Fyksland. (to read more...)

Saturday, 1 June, 2002
World Cup kicks off with an upset and confusions
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Football's greatest prize and Asia's first World Cup has kicked off in South Korea with Senegal scoring a surprise victory over defending champions France in front of a sell-out crowd in Seoul. But the event's governing body FIFA has launched an investigation into why there were still 3,500 empty seats at Friday's opening match. Simon Storup of Fyksland has arrived thursday morning only to find his ticket to the opening match was sent to Osaka, Japan. (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)