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Sunday, 23 June, 2002

Fyksland unveils bids for Capital of Culture

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson has announced the six cities to compete to become the nation's choice as European Capital of Culture in 2008. The six all beat the weekend deadline to put themselves forward follow the success of Kaansä, who held the title in 1997. The cities entering the bid are Åtrup, Hälsingtis, Kvinuut, Lölestoen, Niekopenhaag, and Porti Ikstis. The winning bid must demostrate that the city can stage a year-long programme, convering all forms of culture and involving local people and visitors. Full story...

SvenesÆr flies last minute GayFest sponsorship deal

KAANSÄ (AP) - SvenesÆr is catching up lost time in launching a last minute sponsorship campaign in the GayFest week for the first time. Saturday's negotiation with the event organising body prompted the national flag carrier to rush off over 2,000 posters, 50 billboards, 900,000 promotional items and pamphlets, not to mention the first-ever entry to the parade on Sunday. In the last minute deal, SvenesÆr has agreed to pay for reprinting all programmes and gay publications to include the corporate advertisements. But perhaps the boldest move would be the offering of discount airfare for travellers with the proof of ticket purchase to any of the official GayFest parties or events during the week. Full story...

Monday, 24 June, 2002

Getting in gear for GayFest

KAANSÄ (AP) - In a flag raising ceremony at City Hall, Mayor Giirtingäär of Kaansä proclaimed the GayFest week of celebration in the Kaansä Capital Region. The annual celebration has surpassed Midsummer Day as the largest cultural event in Fyksland. GayFest, boasting the claim as the largest gay and lesbian pride festival in Europe, is expected to attract over 1 million visitors and millions of krons in revenue this year. Full story...

Tuesday, 25 June, 2002

Multiculturalism a divisive force: respondents

KAANSÄ (AP) - Multiculturalism has made Fyksland a nation of little nations, say respondents to Skiepte, a daily news hotline. Nineteen of 22 callers and e-mailers said by allowing immigrant cultures to remain intact, Fyksland is destroying the idea of a single country with shared values. Skiepte asked if official multiculturalism has made Fyksland a better country. "We just have a bunch of separate groups domiciled in Fyksland," one caller said. "These cultures not only cannot leave their problems behind, but also bringing them here," an e-mailer suggested. Full story...

Wednesday, 26 June, 2002

E-postal service to launch in 2003

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Posti Kohnäa (Royal Post) has announced the launch of its electronic postal services starting January 2003. The national post office is now encouraging large-volume mail-senders like banks, city governments and housing agencies to trade paper correspondence for its Internet service. According to spokeswoman of Posti Kohnäa Marieke Olmstød, the ePostbox will be cheap, environmentally friendly and lets recipients pick up mail at any Internet-connected computer, anywhere in the world. Full story...

Thursday, 27 June, 2002

Viske Bombing mastermind arrested

MOSCOW, Russia (VKK) - Nearly six months after the Viske Bombing, SMU has tracked down and arrested Fiskýr Vriegetufórsid's leader Mágnus Hároldson in connection with January's fatal bombing. The SMU was able to locate the Viske separatist party leader with the coopeartion with Russian police. Hároldson was arrested in a suburb of Moscow Wednesday night in a raid. Police also found ammunition and explosives in the flat. Full story...

Friday, 28 June, 2002

U.S. pilot blamed for Afghan tragedy

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A Fyksian military inquiry into the bombing that killed five Niekopenhaag-based soldiers in Afghanistan in April has absolved Fyksian troops of any responsibility for the tragedy and puts the blame on two American F-16 pilots, sources say. The parallel U.S. inquiry also said the pilots broke the rules and are directly responsible for the five deaths and twelve injuries in the so-called friendly-fire incident in April. Full story...

Saturday, 29 June, 2002

Too far out?

OTTAWA, Canada (AP) - Beside getting ready to promote the GayFest weekend, Prince Alæsi has been busy fencing off rumours that is causing embarrassment for the royal family. North American and European tabloids have recently published pictures of the Prince and his companion André Rhéaume caught in the heat of the moment in a public park near Ottawa, Canada. Tabloits also claim they have on hands many more photographs not published due to their sexually explicit nature. Prince Alæsi, however, denies that he has ever been at the Meech Lake Park -- where the couple was caught by the paparazzi. Full story...

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