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Sunday, 9 June, 2002

Fyksians decide

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Voters head to the polls today in a historic referendum that will decide the fate of the death penalty in this country. The referendum -- the first since 1995 when Fyksland decided to opt out of adopting the euro -- will determine if Fyksland will abolish the death penalty. The death penalty issues came into spotlight when convicted war criminal Kaal Hoeke received death sentence November last year. But controversies plagued the Alžig when it was found there was mishandling of the war criminal Edven Straus' case, who was put to death three weeks ago. Full story...

Monday, 10 June, 2002

Death penalty to be abolished

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksians have decided the death penalty will be abolished in what was to be a historic referndum held yesterday. Despite the low turnout -- with just over 43% of eligible voters -- the majority victory for the anti-death penalty supporters was undeniable. Sixty-one percent of the votes support the abolition of the death penalty. However, a record of 12% of votes were discarded because of spoiled ballots. Full story...

EU satisfies with referendum result

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The European Union has expressed satisfaction with the result of yesterday's Death Penalty Referendum in which 61% of voters support the abolition of capital punishment. "The EU congratualates Fyksland in finally be rid of such antiquated justice system," EU representative Juegen Schmueller said. Full story...

Tuesday, 11 June, 2002

Spoiled ballot: referendum question to blame

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The low turnout was not the only concern looming over the death penalty referendum held on Sunday, a record high of 12% spoiled ballot caused a general alarm over the wording of the referendum question. Spoiled ballots were found having the two choices -- yes and no -- crossed out. Voters were coming out of the polling stations wondering if they had voted for their desired choice. "The wording of the question was so confusing, I'm not even sure if I actually voted for or against," said one voter. Full story...

Wednesday, 12 June, 2002

Net boss hides ".vk" key

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The administrator of Fyksland's Web addresses said Wednesday he had hidden the key to the country's ".vk" domain network abroad to prevent any government interference in access to the Internet. The Alžig has given initial approval to a law that will allow the government to take control of the country's Internet address administration. But critics, including .vk domain-name administrator Pete Olson, say the government has no right to take it over and warned it could collapse the domestic Internet structure. Full story...

Thursday, 13 June, 2002

European car sales in reverse

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) - New car sales in western Europe slumped last month as a weakening market and a slow economic recovery cut into demand. Fiat and General Motors were the hardest hit by falling sales, whilst BMW and Japanese carmakers -- led by Toyota -- improved their market share. Within the 16-member European Union, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said sales dropped 7.9 percent year-on-year to 1,249,766 units. Full story...

Friday, 14 June, 2002

Schools seek ban on PornZilla

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (AP) - School boards across Fyksland are filing for a ban on the recently released software that has created an upset for parents and teachers. Mozilla, the creator of a popular internet browser, has launched a pornography viewing program along with the release of Mozilla 1.1 Alpha version on Tuesday. PornZilla, beside allowing users to browse adult websites and download movies, is also integrated with internet phone to allow users to tap into phone sex lines and to participate in chats. PornZilla can be downloaded for free like any other Mozilla family of products and it is creating a concern for parents and teachers who have found this software installed on school computers by students. Full story...

Saturday, 15 June, 2002

Capital expenses exposed

KAANSÄ (AP) - Taxpayers paid close to 34 million krons in operating and restoring official residences and properties in the Kaansä Capital Region last year, according to figures obatained under the Public Information Act. The National Capital Commission, which maintains Fyksland's 14 official residences, spent over 10 million krons in restoring Lękvogųn Place, the official royal residence. Since his assession to the throne in 1995, King Jaakot IV has promised to restore the glory and elegance to the official properties throughout the capital region. Full story...

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