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Sunday, 2 June, 2002
World Cup fever hits home
NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Although Fyksland is yet again shut out of this year's World Cup Finals, football enthusiasm remains high as festivities go on in Korea and Japan -- and here at home. Pubs report record sales as football fans crowd the venues and watch the games' live broadcasting. Roaring crowds would cheer for their favourite teams -- even though there are no Fyksian players -- mostly the underdog of each match. (to read more...)

Monday, 3 June, 2002
Ministry of Justice under scrutiny
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Ministry of Justice has been under intense scrutiny since the execution of war criminal Edven Straus took place more than two weeks ago. As the death penalty referendum edges closer, the debate boils even hotter as the Ministry of Justice has been criticised for the decision to proceed with the execution. The Ministry had order a formal inquiry to investigate if any stay of execution appeals were ignored. (to read more...)

Tuesday, 4 June, 2002
Last minute appeals ignored
KAANSÄ (VKK) - Minister of Justice Jön Paasvog has admitted two separate appeals of stay of execution were not processed nor reviewed. During Tuesday afternoon's press conference, Paasvog told reporters two separate appeals were received Tuesday, 14th May -- the day before Edven Straus' execution -- in attempts to appeal Straus' case. According to Paasvog, the appeals -- filed by two undisclosed sources -- were inexplicably ignored and were not reviewed. Paasvog said a board of inquiry will be set up to internally examine the cause of mismanagemnet of the paperwork. (to read more...)

Wednesday, 5 June, 2002
Stotson demands Justice report
KAANSÄ (VKK) - In the wake of yesterday's announcement of a possible mismanagement of paperwork that is thought leading to the highly protested Edven Straus execution three weeks ago, Prime Minister Jana Stotson demanded launching of a full independent inquiry and a report on the management of the case. Political observers say this event could greatly tarnish Stotson's cabinet and her chance with the election this year. (to read more...)
Hong Kong chief to promote Chinese trade interests and tourism
KAANSÄ (AP) - Coming from another "City of Life", the Chief of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has arrived in Kaansä on his first day of his trade mission tour in Europe. Tong Chee-hwa attended today's luncheon conference, promoting trade relations with Hong Kong and the neighbouring Chinese province of Canton. During his visit in Fyksland, Tong will also visit the Cantonese speaking community in Kaansä and launch the SAR's "City of Life: Hong Kong is it!" tourism campaign in Fyksland. (to read more...)

Thursday, 6 June, 2002
Couple contest adoption law
KAANSÄ (AP) - Rikje Kristianson has filed a case in the Supreme Court to appeal for his right to adopt a child from Afghanistan. Kristianson and his partner Ole Tömlinson have had their adoption application rejected by both the Department of Social Affairs and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the grounds that same-sex couples are banned from adopting children from aboard. "It's a simple case of discrimination when only heterosexual couples can adopt children from the Third World who need much more attention and love than children in Fyksland," said Kristianson. (to read more...)

Friday, 7 June, 2002
Alþig sets to control .vk domain
KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Alþig has given initial approval on Friday to a law designed to expand access to the Internet, but which critics say could force the network to shut down in the country. The bill proposes to take over the administration of Fyksland's Internet domains, identified by the ".VK" suffix in addresses, without seeking the approval of the international authority that administers the Internet roadmap. "This net grab simply nationalises domain name administration," opposition legislator Jana Auslan said before voting against it. (to read more...)

Saturday, 8 June, 2002
Speculation on death penalty referendum outcome
KAANSÄ (AP) - In the eve of the historic referendum that will decide the fate of the death penalty, there is already public-wide speculation on the outcome of the result. Political observer and Professor of Social Science at the University of Kaansä Kuran Jöv say this weeks unresolved controversies involving the Ministry of Justice and the confirmed mismanagement of the Edven Straus execution case would only affirm the victory for death penalty opponents. "The fate of this referumdum is sealed, unless anything goes wrong at the polls," said Jöv Pinsle. (to read more...)
Hydrogen puts Fyksland on Road to oil-free future
PORTI IKSTIS, Viske (AP) - With its steaming geothermal power stations, Fyksland already knows plenty about alternative energy. Now Fyksland plans to become one of the world's first societies to ditch fossil fuels entirely, relying instead on hydrogen made using the power of its roaring rivers and geothermal energy. Enthusiasts even talk about it one day becoming the "Kuwait of the North" as an exporter of the new, green fuel to markets in Europe. (to read more...)

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`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)