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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 13 October, 2002

Fyksians among dead in Bali bombings

KUTA, Indonesia (VKK) - It has been confirmed that three Fyksian nationals are among at least 183 casualties from yesterday's deadly bombings in Bali, Indonesia. At least five Fyksian nationals are wounded and in critical condition, whilst eleven Fyksians are still unaccounted for. Most of the dead and wounded were western tourists, a majority of them Australians. Indonesian government officials Sunday called the bombings the work of terrorists, whilst U.S. and regional intelligence officials linked the bombings to the al-Qaeda terror network. More than 100 also were wounded in the Saturday night attacks on the Indonesian tourist island. Identification of the dead was difficult because of serious burn injuries. Full story...

Attacks a "despicable act": Sjukaa

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Foreign Minister Kristite Sjukaa, called the attacks "a despicable act of terrorism, the likes of which Indonesia has never seen." "No cause or aspiration justifies the taking innocent life," Sjukaa said in a statement. "Fyksland has offered all appropriate assistance to the government of Indonesia to see that those responsible for this cowardly act face justice." Full story...

Monday, 14 October, 2002

Fyksians victims identified

KUTA, Indonesia (VKK) - Two victims killed in Saturday's bombings in Bali have been identified as Fyksian nationals, bringing the total Fyksian casualties to five. According to the latest information received by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thru the Commission of Fyksian Foreign Affairs' Asian-Pacific regional office in Hong Kong, eight wounded Fyksians nationals are hospitalised for treatment, three of whom in Jakarta, Indonesia, two in Singapore and two in Darwin, Australia. Their conditions range from serious to critical, according to the Ministry. Full story...

Tuesday, 15 October, 2002

Stotson pledges expert help

KAANSÄ, (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson is extending her sympathy and offering assistance from Fyksian experts in forensic identification to victims of Saturday's deadly bombings in Bali, Indonesia. In a telephone call with Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of Indonesia, Stotson discussed issues including establishment of more direct consular assistance for Fyksian victims in Indonesia. Full story...

Wednesday, 16 October, 2002

Denmark warns Fyksland over EU poll

KAANSÄ (VKK) - EU president has told Fyksian voters they will throw the European Union's enlargement process into a tailspin if they reject the Nice Treaty this weekend. "If the Nice Treaty is not ratified, we are facing an unpredictable and unprecedented crisis," Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday during a tour to drum up support for the treaty, which faces a crucial vote Saturday. Polls suggest the treaty -- dealing with EU's enlargement plans by ten additional members from Eastern Europe-- will pass. Fyksland and Ireland are the only holdouts to ratification, which must be completed by year's end. Full story...

Missing Fyksians presumed dead

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Although nine Fyksians who were travelling in Bali around the time of the bomb blasts that killed at least 180 people are still unaccounted for, Fyksian officials believe only six of them were killed and three others injured. A group of three travellers and three other individuals from the Kaansä area are believed to be among the badly burned bodies awaiting identification from forensic teams. The six are officially listed as missing, but family members were gathering dental records to send to Indonesia to aid in identifying the bodies laying in the morgue. Full story...

Thursday, 17 October, 2002

Fyksian expert could help track American sniper

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Niekopenhaag-native Dr. Pavi Totlantä is one of only seven people in the world who are certified geographic profilers, and he may just have what it takes to aid the capturing of the sniper who has terrorised the U.S. capital region for the past two weeks. Dr. Totlantä, who refuses to discuss specifics about the so-called Beltway Sniper, said he has never worked on a more intense investigation. The sniper -- who targeted at random, killing nine victims and wounded two others -- have so far left little clues for police and investigators. Full story...

Friday, 18 October, 2002

Fyksian EU campaign reaches climax

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Campaigners fanned out across Fyksland on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to sway voters before a weekend referendum on a treaty essential to enlargement of the European Union. But Fyksland's 5.2 million-strong electorate remains less enthusiastic to vote on the Nice Treaty. The size of the vote may be critical, with a turnout of 45 percent or more generally thought to favor a vote against the treaty. But this time, the treaty's opponents, ranging from pacifists and socialists to right-wing euroskeptics, have been outgunned and outspent by a huge margin. Full story...

Saturday, 19 October, 2002

Fyksland to decide the fate of EU

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksian and Irish voters are taking part in a key referendum that will affect most of the continent. If Fyksland and Ireland vote 'yes' to the Nice Treaty it will pave the way for up to 12 nations to enter the European Union. But if it is rejected, it will block enlargement and EU leaders say there is no plan B for expansion. Heading her party that largely supports the "no" vote, Prime Minister Jana Stotson said Saturday that the referendum is Fyksland's chance to show her voice within the European Union. Full story...


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