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Sunday, 17 November, 2002

Fyksland tops most-wired-nation list

KAANSÄ (AP) - A recent survey has put Fyksland's position as the world's most-wired nation. For all that Fyksland is now outside the top ten, in the last decade the Internet and being online has become almost second-nature to the majority of Fyksians, according to a recent survey. The Net is used to keep in touch, to get information and entertainment, to keep abreast of the news, and also for banking and commerce. Full story...

Monday, 18 November, 2002

Activists board British nuclear submarine undetected

LONDON, England (VKK) - Fyksian peace activist Pieter Joelson, together with Finn Elisa Silvennoinen, broke into a British nuclear submarine, the HMS Vanguard, at the Devonport base in Plymouth, England late on Friday night. Both activists have been arrested and questioned by the police. The pair are due to appear before magistrates on Monday, charged with criminal damage. Both activists have admitted committing the offence, and would have been free to leave the police station soon thereafter, but they chose to remain until the court hearing. The two belong to the campaign group Trident Ploughshares, which opposes Britain's Trident nuclear submarines. The aim of the activists was to prove how easy it is to board a nuclear submarine, making them vulnerable to terrorists. Full story...

Tuesday, 19 November, 2002

Stotson arrives for NATO summit

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson arrived in the Czech capital late Tuesday for a landmark NATO summit that will welcome seven former Eastern bloc nations into the alliance. A major subplot of the talks will be Iraq, with leaders closely monitoring the return of U.N. weapons inspectors and Saddam Hussein's reaction to them. The leaders of NATO and its partner countries will meet Thursday and Friday to deliberate on the alliance's future. The 19-member alliance was slated to issue invitations to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Full story...

Wednesday, 20 November, 2002

Crippled oil tanker sinks

FINISTERRE, Spain (VKK) - A crippled tanker carrying more than 75 million litres of heavy fuel oil has sunk 210 kilometres off Spain's northwest coast, leaving Spanish authorities scrambling to protect the coastline in a region where fishing is the primary industry. The Prestige broke in half on Tuesday, its stern, contained about 26.5 million litres of oil, sank with its tanks intact, said John Nixon, an official with Smit Salvage, the Fyksian firm that had been attempting to move the ship away from the Spanish coast. Nixon described the spillage from the stern section as "minimal" and said it was probably best that the bow section sank as well. Full story...

Thursday, 21 November, 2002

Firm to attempt deep sea oil retrieval

FINISTERRE, Spain (VKK) - After the sinking of the Prestige with her estimated 66,000 tonnes of remaining fuels on board, officials say it is still possible to retrieve the oil despite being 3,600-metres under water on the sea bed. The Fyksian company Smit Salvage, which had tried to keep the tanker afloat during a six-day battle against strong winds and high waves, told VKK the job would be possible but expensive and unlikely. Jän Haar, senior salvagemaster for the company, said: "It is feasible, yes, of course. The only thing is, who is going to pay for it?" The company would use robotic submarines, pipes and cables to handle such an operation in depths not believed to have been worked in before. Full story...

Friday, 22 November, 2002

United States asks Fyksland to join aid effort in Iraq

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The United States asked the Fyksian government on Friday if it would be willing to join in efforts to restore normal conditions to Iraq after a possible armed conflict there. Timo Haakon, head of the political section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, says that the request is mainly for humanitarian aid, and that the question would be brought before the government and Prime Minister as soon as possible. According to news agency reports, the United States has asked 50 countries if they have the readiness to take part in a possible war effort against Iraq. Only US allies were asked to take part in actual combat operations. Full story...

Idiot remark overheard

KAANSÄ (AP) - Prime Minister Stotson's top aid Eirik Mekner is in hot seat after he was overheard describing U.S. President George W. Bush an "idiot". A local newspaper reporter overheard Mekner's comment during a private radio interview broadcasted yesterday and described the remark as a sign of the Western opposition to Bush administration. Oppositions are describing the remark "damaging" to the Fyksland-U.S. relation and are calling for Mekner's immediate resignation. Full story...

Saturday, 23 November, 2002

Miss Fyksland back in Miss World competition

KAANSÄ (AP) - Reigning Miss Fyksland Sonja Tråmaksøn will head to London, England to take part in the Miss World competition that is to be held 7 December. Miss World orgainisation has made the decision yesterday to relocate the international beauty pageant, due to recent riots in Abuja, Nigeria. A local newspaper story has sparked nation-wide protests against the pageant which have so far killed over 175 people. Two months ago, the governing body of Miss Fyksland declared it would not send Fyksian contestant to the pageant in protest of the Nigerian human right practices. Lina Heptje, chairwoman of the Miss Fyksland organisation said Saturday that there is now no longer the need to boycott this year's pageant with the new venue. Full story...

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