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Sunday, 4 August, 2002

Close outcome expected

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksians are heading to the polls today in what has been expected as the closest election ever. The Christian Democratic Party and the Liberal Party are expected to pick up the majority of the votes, leaving the question of which will come out to head the next coalition government. Neither of the parties are expected to form a simple majority government with 50 percent or more votes. Voting centres opened their doors promptly at 8:00 with flags flying proudly to remind voters of Election Day. Full story...

Monday, 5 August, 2002

Stotson does the hat trick

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson made history yesterday as she has become the longest serving female prime minister in Fyksland. Results were finalising at about 2 am with 99.5% of the votes counted. Stotson's Christian Democratic Party took 40.1% of the vote from yesterday's General Election, with the Liberal Party following closely behind at 39.8%. The Labour Party picked up only 17.2% of the vote. Stotson will formally be appointed by King Jaakot IV on 15 August and officially swear-in to take her third office. Stotson will also be expected to announce her finalised plans for a coalition government next week. Full story...

Stotson to form coalition government

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Following her electoral victory from last night, Stotson will now bear the critical task of forming her coalition government. Without the simple majority, Stotson's Chritian Democratic government is required by constitution to choose another party to form a coalition government. However there is little speculation on which party will be hand picked to form the same coalition that has been governing Fyksland for the past eight years. "We expect little changes from Stotson to form a new coalition governing body," said Lanse Lindrot, leader of the Labour Party. The Christian Democrats and the Labour Parties have been a coalition for the past eight years, forming a shift to the right in Fyksian politics. "It's a trend we see in other European countries as well," said political professor Ama Siemen. Full story...

Tuesday, 6 August, 2002

Fyksland's linguistic history unveiled

KAANSÄ (AP) - A little piece of linguistic history of the Fyksian language has been revealed today in a University of Kaansä jounal. Published in the monthly journal Anthopologist Forum, the essay decribed the origins of Fyksian words in relations with the ethnography of Fyksland. The author, Kristian Kisa, a professor of Linguistics and Anthopology Studies in the University of Kaansä said linguists and anthopologists have been trying to research on the mystery behind Fyksian. "Seems like Fyksians have been formed by unrelated languages somehow merging together," explained Kisa. Full story...

Wednesday, 7 August, 2002

SvenesÆr gives free flights on 11 September

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - With airlines reporting a drop in bookings for flights on 11 September, SvenesÆr announced Wednesday it will be offering free flights on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "We are saying 'thank you' to the public and our valued customers for flying with us throughout this past year," announced chief executive Lana Koerse. SvenesÆr says free seats are available on all flights between Fyksland and any North American destination. Any passengers who has already booked a flight for 11 September will receieve a future flight credit for the amount they paid for that day, the airline said. According to the airline's website, four scheduled flights will operate between Kaansä and New York on 11 September. Full story...

Thursday, 8 August, 2002

Fallen troops of Afghanistan honoured

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - This year's Memorial Day took on a special meaning when five soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Olivia's Light Infantry battle group were honoured in today's somber ceremony. The 89-year-old Princess Olivia unveiled the names of the five soldiers on the War Memorial who were killed in Afghanistan in April's friendly-fire tragedy. The five soldiers join the list of fallen soldiers marked on the black marble stone outside the War Memorial Hall in Pohjoinekaansä. The last soldier inscripted on the memorial was a pilot reported missing in action during Gulf War, and later assumed dead. Full story...

Friday, 9 August, 2002

Fyksland not to join Iraq attack

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Fyksland's Prime Minister-elect Jana Stotson, a key US ally, on Friday ruled out Kaansä participating in a possible US-led attack on Iraq. In an interview on public television, Stotson said: "I think that if there is military intervention, we should be cautious. That means that Fyksland will not take part" in any US-led action against Iraq." The Prime Minister-elect said Fyksland was, after France, the largest european contributor of troops in international operations". Fyksland has about 15,000 soldiers assigned to or tied up in missions outside the country. "Therefore, the limit has been reached in what can reasonably be expected from us," Stotson said. Full story...

Saturday, 10 August, 2002

Wet ravers groove to hot rhythms in Kaansä

KAANSÄ, (AP) - Despite heavy rain and cool temperatures, hundreds of thousands of people turned out on Saturday for the first-ever Kaansä Street Parade. Heavy clouds may have darkened the skies over Kaansä for the city's first techno festival, but they couldn't dampen partygoers' spirits. Vibrant and outlandish costumes brought a welcome splash of colour to an otherwise grey and wet day. "I'm not worried about the cold, because I have the heat inside me," one scantily-clad raver told the Associated Press. Organisers are hoping the Festival will help Fyksland and Kaansä to be established as a centre of techno and electronic music. Full story...

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