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Sunday, 26 January, 2003

Routje died at 74

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Former prime minister Maulin Routje has died late Sunday night at Princess Mariena Hospital in Kaansä. Survived by his wife Sandra and his four children by his bedside, Routje was 74. Maulin has been battling chronic heart disease for the last decade. Routje served as prime minister of Fyksland between 1976 and 1984. Full story...

Monday, 27 January, 2003

Stotson pays tribute to Routje

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Even as political foe, Prime Minister Jana Stotson has put aside differences and expressed sorrow to the death of former prime minister Maulin Routje. A moment of silence was observed before the parliament went into session on Monday where Stotson reflected on the former prime minister. "We're all deeply saddened by the passing of Fyksland's greatest political genius of the century," said Stotson in her tribute. Stotson has declared Monday a day of mourning in Fyksland, though many flags were already flying half-mast early morning. Full story...

Outpouring grieve over Routje's death

KAANSÄ (AP) - A strange calmness descended over the capital as the news of Maulin Routje's death spreaded through the Monday morning news. Mourners began to lay flowers and candles at the gates of the Alþig and Routje's Korlsä-op-Löj residence as early as 5:00. As one of the most controversial and charismatic prime ministers Fyksland have seen, Routje has drawn supporters and enemies throughout the ten years he has been the leader of the Labour Party and eight years as the prime minister. Full story...

Tuesday, 28 January, 2003

EU sees red over salmon pink

BRUSSELS, Belgium - A colour additive that turns farmed salmon orange and hens' eggs a deep yellow has been banned by the EU over fears it damages people's eyesight. The European Union says the pigment canthaxanthin which is used to make farmed products look more attractive is linked to retinal problems in the long term. It has cut the maximum amount permitted for farmed salmon and chicken feed by at least two-thirds in a ruling that will be effective from 1st December this year. Full story...

Wednesday, 29 January, 2003

Student visa leaves room for abuse

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Many Fyksian educational institutions have found that dozens of foreign students registered at the schools have enrolled simply as a means of illegal immigration. Many of these students have moved on from Fyksland to other EU countries in the Schengen zone. Some of the students in question never even begin their studies at all, while others attend very few classes. Guun Røpoj of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship believes that each year up to "hundreds" of foreign students leave Fyksland after their residence permits have expired, without actually studying anything while they are here. Full story...

Thursday, 30 January, 2003

Foreign adoptions on the rise

KAANSÄ (AP) - The number of international adoptions is expected to increase considerably in the coming years. Both the providers of adoption services and organisations of adoptive parents say that increasing numbers of people have been getting in touch with them, asking for more information on adopting a child from abroad. "The number of applicants for adopted children tripled last year. There was also a great increase in people calling to ask for more information", says Nina Keres of the Department of Social Affairs' Children Services. Full story...

Friday, 31 January, 2003

Poll shows Fyksians critical toward war in Iraq

KAANSÄ (AP) - More than one quarter of Fyksians say that they would support military action against Iraq only if such a move had the backing of the United Nations. An international survey conducted by Gallup International also reveals that 68% of Fyksians are opposed to such a war under any circumstances. The poll was taken in January in about 40 countries. It shows that Fyksian opinions are similar to those of other Europeans. In Western European countries majorities either completely disapprove of attacking Iraq, or would support such a move only if it had UN backing. Full story...

Saturday, 1 February, 2003

Routje laid to rest

KAANSÄ (AP) - Fyksland paid tribute to Maulin Routje Saturday, as the body of the former prime minister laid in state at Kaansä's St. Mark's Lutheran Cathedral. Fyksian citizens as well as local and international politicians attended Routje's funeral, many passing by his coffin, draped in the national colours, to pay their respects. Prime Minister Jana Stotson in a tribute to Routje said "Maulin Routje has put colour into politics and put Fyksland on the map as an energetic leader." Full story...

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