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Sunday, 15 September, 2002

11 September painting too graphic for Embassy

KAANSÄ, (AP) - A painting donated to the U.S. Embassy in Kaansä will be covered and later removed from the building this week. The painting, titled "Fallen", was presented to U.S. Ambassador to Fyksland Jack Lemple on the one year annivesary of the 11 September terrorist attacks. "It's too graphic once we realised what is depicted in the composition," said the embassy spokeswoman Tanja Belleview. "I don't understand how a splash of paint can be disturbing to anybody," said a spokesperson of the Fyksland-America Friendship Center who commissioned the artwork. Full story...

Monday, 16 September, 2002

Stotson rules out military action

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson repeated her opposition to any military action against Iraq. Stotson, vow to keep her re-election promises to trim down on military spending, said U.S. President George W. Bush had left important questions unanswered in his appeal for a U.N. resolution backing any action. Stotson told the Alþig on Monday: "My arguments against military intervention remain. It is still clear that under my leadership, Fyksland will not participate in further military action." Full story...

Tuesday, 17 September, 2002

Cautious welcome to Iraq move

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Fyksland have reacted cautiously to the decision by Iraq to re-admit weapons inspectors with hope tempered by mistrust over Baghdad's motives. Prime Minister Jana Stotson echoed U.S. dismissal of Iraq's pledge saying that President Saddam Hussein "likes to play games." Stotson said the world should treat Iraq's latest move with "caution, reservation and scepticism." Foreign Minister Kristite Sjukaa said the U.N. Security Council should now consider whether a new resolution would still be needed in the light of Iraq's change of heart. Full story...

Wednesday, 18 September, 2002

Opposition questions U.N. inspectors

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A heated debate once again charged the Alþig today as the topic of U.N. inspectors is questioned. Prime Minister Jana Stotson, despite disapproving military actions, remains firm that Fyksland should back the international call for Iraq to allow back U.N. weapons inspectors back into the country. However, the Opposition insisted that sending in weapons inspectors is "pointless and hypocritical". "Weapons inspectors should mind their own business," said Liberal MP Tamu Endeske. Full story...

Thursday, 19 September, 2002

Fyksland warns U.S. over Iraqi plans

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland has warned the U.S. against unilateral military action in Iraq, reinforcing divisions on how to deal with President Saddam Hussein. The warning came after two former heads of U.N. disarmament teams cautioned the international community against trusting Saddam's word. Fyksland, which has bluntly opposed any military moves against Iraq, said it still feared the U.S. might take unilateral action if it could not win international support at the U.N. Foreign Minister Kristite Sjukaa said on Thursday that the U.N. should be allowed to test Saddam's offer and urged Washington to stop making threats. Full story...

:-( turns 20

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - It was 20 years ago today that Niekopenhaag native Mile Steiner taught the Internt how to frown. On 19th September, 1982, after receiving an online message from Scott Fahlman -- an American who typed the first-ever :-) in an online message -- Steiner replied with dismay that Fahlman had stolen his concept and typed a :-( in his message. "I have never spoken to [Fahlman] ever since," said Steiner. Full story...

Friday, 20 September, 2002

FV leader gets life

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Five weeks after the trial of Mágnus Hároldson resumed in Niekopenhaag, the court has convicted Hároldson on three counts of first-degree murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. The Fiskýr Vriegetufórsid (FV) party leader claimed responsibilities to January's bombing that killed three people outside the duchy office in Porti Ikstis. Prosecutors originally contended that Hároldson should be convicted with terrorism charges since the attack was "clearly a separatist unheaval". Defense attorney Simon Fögunson said he and his client are satisfied with the verdict, but will appeal for a chance of parole. Full story...

Saturday, 21 September, 2002

Army lifts sex ban

KAANSÄ (AP) - Department of National Defense have lifted the ban of sexual conduct between or among soldiers of either gender whilst on active service. The ban was introduced when women were first allowed into active army service in 1983. According to Department of National Defense spokesperson Mati Klenote, the ban was discriminatory against women, and it has become increasingly difficult to enforce. "The State has no business in the camps of the battlefields," said Klenote. Full story...

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