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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 21 July, 2002

Prince Hviliem grabs Classics trophy

LAAKTUMAA, Øtali-Þorja (AP) - Despite changes in sailing route due to the eruption of Mount Hviektmun last week, sailors of the 104th annual Royal Regatta Classics finished in record times with Prince Hviliem and his yacht De Lödtivog finished first place in the week-long tour around Fyksland. The occasion also provide opportunities for photographers to catch glimpses of Prince Hviliem's fiancée Inma del Moral. Meanwhile rumours amongst royal watchers speculate that Prince Hviliem may soon get engaged with the Spanish actress. Prince Hviliem broke off his engagement with Miss Cathérine Larouchette of France early last year. Full story...

Monday, 22 July, 2002

F-16 pilot 'cleared' to drop bomb

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The U.S. fighter pilot who dropped a bomb on Fyksian soldiers in Afghanistan was granted permission to attack just seconds after the explosion, according to a cockpit transcript that seems to contradict the official story that pilot error triggered the disaster. The top-secret correspondence reveals that moments after Major Harry Schmidt announced he was "rolling in" toward the Fyksian troops, the commander of a nearby radar plane authorized him to fire. Full story...

Tuesday, 23 July, 2002

Stotson walks tight campaigning rope

KAANSÄ, (AP) - With less than two weeks before the general elections, Christian-Democrat candidates are out on full force gathering support across the country. Prime Minister Jana Stotson has also been working overtime in hopes to gather enough votes that will get her re-elected for the second time. On one hand, Stotson is running a conservative party with traditionalist views, on another hand she has revamped her party strategy and shifted to pro-European gears. Full story...

Wednesday, 24 July, 2002

Fyksland tops UN "best nation" list

KAANSÄ, (VKK) -For the second year running, the U.N. Human Development Report has ranked Fyksland the No. 6 place in the world to live, based on a list of indicators about health, wealth and social outlook. The report ranks 173 nations according to the degree of human development, and places Norway first, followed closely by Sweden and Canada. The index for human development (HDI) is based on factors like freedom, life expectancy, level of education and income per capita. Full story...

Thursday, 25 July, 2002

Stotson goes head to head with Skoetli

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - It was billed as Fyksland's first-ever political duel -- a face-to-face, bare-knuckles debate between candidates for Prime Minister in national elections 4th August. But despite their closeness in the polls and with just less than two weeks more of campaigning, the confrontation last night between Prime Minister Jana Stotson and her liberal rival, Riet Skoetli, seemed more a polite dialogue than a political punch-up. "Ms Stotson promises a lot but delivers little," complained Skoetli. "I consider [Skoetli] wrong for the economic, political and social development of Fyksland," retorted Stotson. Full story...

Friday, 26 July, 2002

Four dead in ship grounding

TOKYO, Japan (VKK) - A Fyksian-run bulk ship ran aground and broke in two off Southern Japan during a severe storm early Friday. Four crew members were killed and 15 rescued. The vessel, MV Oslanta, is operated by Tilskip of Evelspro, just outside Niekopenhaag. The company said the vessel had arrived at Kyushu with a cargo of grain. The vessel was at the dock when authorities asked that it leave the harbor because a typhoon was approaching the area. It grounded in rough seas and broke in two with 800 tons of heavy oil and 68 tons of diesel fuel on board. Full story...

Kaansä stocks end wild week on the upswing

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The Kaansä Stock Exchange was one of the few in Europe logging an overall gain on Friday, albeit a small one. The exchange's key index rose just over half-a-percentage-point to close up at 131.83. Trading remained turbulent, as investor confidence fell to new lows following more revelations of questionable bookkeeping in the US. The day began with Fyksian stocks sliding again. Even strong numbers and unexpectedly high profits from Otison failed to perk things up, and Otison itself saw its share value tumble in early trading. Full story...

Saturday, 27 July, 2002

National parks reopen after volcanic eruption

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - The Fótnur and Vøstrinki National Parks are opening their gates once again after last week's volcanic eruption of ash and smoke. Environment Fyksland has done numerous atmospheric tests in the area to ensure the area is no longer hazardous for visitors. Mount Hviektmum has stopped emitting ash, smoke and other toxic gases last Friday. But visitors are unlikely to find the usual greenery that makes the area so famous as trees and grasslands are covered with ash. Full story...

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