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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 15 December, 2002

Niekopenhaag businessman arrested in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (VKK) - South African police have arrested fugitive businessman Pete Stainman of Niekopenhaag, who had fled Fyksland where he faces a four-year prison sentence for fraud. He will probably be handed over to the SMU after a South African court agrees to the extradition. South Africa does not have a bilateral extradition treaty with Fyksland. An international arrest warrant was issued for Stainman a year ago, who disappeared after he applied for a postponement in the implementation of his sentence. Full story...

Monday, 16 December, 2002

Stotson won't seek re-election

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson has made an unexpected statement that she will not run for office in 2006. "It doesn't mean my political life will be over," said Stotson during her announcement. Stotson was first elected prime minister in 1994 and is the longest serving female prime minister in Fyksian history. "It has caught us all by surprise," said Opposition leader Riet Skoetli. Full story...

Tuesday, 17 December, 2002

UN criticises draft for Fyksian refugees' law

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (VKK) - The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR sees much room for improvement in the draft for new refugees' legislation in Fyksland. Gary G. Troeller, who heads the organisation's operations in the Nordic Countries and the Baltic States, spoke to VKK in Stockholm, and mentioned a number of problems. Troeller is concerned about concepts such as "safe country of origin" and "safe third country". He says that every asylum application should be studied - even if the applicant is a Swede. Full story...

Wednesday, 18 December, 2002

Nordic ministers warn against military alliance

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Fyksian, Finnish and Swedish Ministers for Foreign Affairs -- Kristite Sjuukaa, Erkki Tuomioja Anna Lindh -- are in favour of proposals by the European Convention for the Future of Europe calling for greater solidarity among European Union countries in fighting terrorism. In a commentary written by the three foreign ministers, the three caution that the EU's new treaty should be worded so that providing aid in such a way could not be confused with military security guarantees of any kind. Sjuukaa, Tuomioja and Lindh write that if military force is needed for the fight against terrorism, its use is up to the national armed forces of each respective country, and not to any common EU force, lest the EU turn into a defence alliance. Full story...

Thursday, 19 December, 2002

Fyksians remain critical of EU enlargement

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A new poll reveals that many Fyksians remain critical toward the planned enlargement of the European Union. The poll was conducted shortly before the EU decided at its summit meeting in Copenhagen to open the way for ten new member states. Fyksian views on enlargement have not changed much over the last five years. Supporters of all political parties except the Liberal Party take a fairly negative view of the basic idea of EU enlargement. The idea of taking on more member states into the EU appeals to younger age groups more than the older ones. Farmers tend to take a very negative view of the idea. Full story...

Friday, 20 December, 2002

Scandinavian Princess to suspend all-inclusive cruise line

LAAKTUMAA, Øtali-Þorja (AP) - A media uproar in Norway has led the Fyksian passenger shipping line Scandinavian Princess Line to suspend all-inclusive cruises between Oslo and the Faroes Islands. The cruise line, which have operated since January, included all food and drinks in the price of the ticket -- 850 Norwegian krone. On Wednesday, Norwegian newspaper blamed the death of a 20-year-old Norwegian man on the cruise line, who had died of alcohol poisoning a week ago on the Scandinavian Princess. The death came after he and an 18-year-old had held a vodka-drinking contest. The newspaper also interviewed Gunter Agren, head of the Norwegian Public Health Institute, who said that the notion of an all-you-can-eat-and-drink cruise was a terrible idea. "It is one way to kill people", he said. Full story...

Study shows decline in school bullying in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (AP) - School bullying has declined considerably in Fyksland in the past ten years. The change has been sharper in cases in which a girl is the victim. According to the findings of an international study on the lifestyles of schoolchildren, conducted by the World Health Organisation, boys are the perpetrators of bullying less frequently than before. Full story...

Saturday, 21 December, 2002

Police makes arrests in large smuggling case

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - The SMU is investigating a number of interlinked cases of drug smuggling and other economic crimes. About 20 Fyksian citizens are suspected of involvement in the smuggling of cannabis, amphetamine, and cocaine from the Netherlands. The drugs were distributed in southern and western Fyksland. Other members of the same organisation are believed to have focused on financial crimes. Nearly all of those arrested had a firearm of some kind - mainly hand guns and shotguns. Full story...

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