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Sunday, 16 June, 2002

King sets running example for research

KAANSÄ, (AP) - He didn't finish first or second, or even in the top 20, but King Jaakot led today's Father's Day Run in hopes to raise awareness of prostate cancer research. Wearing race number 1, King Jaakot IV led a massive start of over 5,000 runners on the 10 km road race. An advid athelete and a father of three, King Jaakot finished the race in less than 40 minutes, a personal record. The annual run raises funds for charities and this year's pledges will go to the Prostate Research Institute of Fyksland. Full story...

Monday, 17 June, 2002

Death row sentences commuted to life

KAANSÄ (VKK) - An historical move was carried out today when the Supreme Court of Fyksland formally commuted the sentences of all 26 of Fyksland's death row inmates to life sentences. A major triumph for anti-death penalty advocates, the decision was made after last week's referendum calling for an abolition of capital punishment in Fyksland's criminal code. Full story...

Tuesday, 18 June, 2002

Stations refuse airing racy condom ads

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Stations are refusing to air the racy condom television advertising campaign recently launched by the Department of Health. The Department of Health has launched the "Practise makes perfect" campaign to promote safe sex. Broadcasters are not worried about airing during prime time near naked couples putting condoms on vegetables depicting the rainbow colours of gay-pride movement, but they are doubting the realistic adult toys used in the 30-second long advertisment will bring postitive reviews. The Department of Health hopes to bring safe sex awareness in time for Fyksland getting in gear for GayFest next week. Full story...

Wednesday, 19 June, 2002

Immigration copes with fake passports

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Three migrants were arrested today for attempt to enter Fyksland with fake passports. This adds to the total of 14 in the latest wave of migrants arrested by custom officials since Saturday for holding counterfeit Fyksian passports. Most of the 14 arrested were arriving from Turkey and claimed they are Fyksian nationals. Immigration officials warn that migrants must beware of schemes offering Fyksian passports through the Internet, since one can only apply for a Fyksian passport in person or by mail. Full story...

Thursday, 20 June, 2002

Illegal immigration tops EU summit agenda

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) - Illegal immigration has emerged as one of the key issues as European Union leaders meet in Seville for a summit on Friday. Human rights groups have attacked suggested new measures to curb immigration as moves towards an uncaring "Fortress Europe." Fyksland is expected to lead advocating EU countries to impose sanctions against countries that fail to try to limit the flow of migrants. Full story...

Friday, 21 June, 2002

Pagans gather for Midsummer ritual

TISMHEAN, Jølantä (JN) - Dispite heavy rain, devoted pagans gathered on the fields around the ancient Tismhean Columns at dawn to observe the sunrise on this day of the summer solstice. The ancient celtic stone formation has been the site of revival for pagan spirituality since the 60s. Nowadays, revellers form dance circles and chant around the historic site -- a tradition ancient celts had practiced over 2,000 years ago. Full story...

Rain dampens Midsummer Day parade

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The heavy rain forcast has considerably limited the crowd showing up for the annual Midsummer Day parade. But for those who braved the storm, they were treated with a unique parade featuring dancing rain goddesses and goblins in water-proved constumes who especially came to life in the rain. However, the appearances of fire-breathing performers and torch-jugglers were cancelled. Full story...

Saturday, 22 June, 2002

Midsummer concert sets tough measures

LÆKMIERVOG, Neihtsä - Following last years' violent end of the Midsummer Day Festival when a riot eruptedly ended the popular concert, organisers are now setting tough measures to restrict the crowd to the licensed limit. Organiser Mike Asentrep was fined 6,000 krons for over capacitating the event by double the licensed amount. This year, artists such as Cranberries, Enigma, and Shakira promise to bring in record number of revellers. Full story...

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