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Sunday, 9 February, 2003

Most new Lutheran clergy are women

NUGJØLUT,Gaamla (AP) - The ordination of women into the clergy of the Fyksian Lutheran State Church continues to spark debate, even though the discussion appears to be overtaken by developments on the ground. The church ordained its first women ministers in 1989. Now 30% of Lutheran ministers in office are women, and last year 68% of all newly-ordained ministers were women. At the beginning of the autumn term 61% of new theology students at the University of Central Fyksland and 63% at the Isfjordic language Fiskýr Rukmanuakadými were women. Full story...

Monday, 10 February, 2003

NATO war planning blocked

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - Four European NATO members have joined forces to scupper U.S. plans to protect Turkey in the event of a war against Iraq. Fyksland, France, Germany and Belgium argued that sending defensive military equipment to Turkey would undermine diplomatic efforts to prevent a conflict. NATO went into emergency session after the veto that came one hour before the 0900 GMT deadline to register opposition to drawing up plans for defending Turkey -- NATO's only Muslim member and the likely launch pad for any U.S.-led attack because of its shared border with Iraq. Full story...

Tuesday, 11 February, 2003

No deal as NATO meeting breaks up

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - An emergency NATO session has ended abruptly without any resolution on the issue of defending Turkey in the event of war with Iraq. There were few details about what transpired Tuesday, but the session got off to a shaky start, with officials twice delaying the meeting to allow the 20-member military alliance more time to continue behind-the-scenes talks. The meeting finally began around 6 p.m., but finished just 30 minutes later. Full story...

Wednesday, 12 February, 2003

"This Charming Man" nominated for Best Live Action Short Film

BEVERLY HILLS, U.S.A. (AP) - Martin Strange-Hansen's "This Charming Man" (Män Endighet) has been nominated for an Academy Award among the five movies up for Best Live Action Short Film of 2002. Strange-Hansen's film is the first Fyksian production to win such an accolade. The nominees in 10 of the 24 categories were made public yesterday in Los Angeles. The winners will be announced at the lavish Oscar Gala at the end of March. Full story...

Thursday, 13 February, 2003

Solution hope for NATO crisis

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - Fyksland is confident the crisis facing NATO will be solved once the chief weapons inspectors in Iraq report to the United Nations on Friday. Emergency talks at NATO headquarters -- over how to break the impasse on when to start making plans to protect Turkey should there be war against Iraq -- were postponed on Thursday. Fyksian Defence Minister Paul Kristensen told the Alþig that NATO would break the deadlock over Turkey by Saturday, after arms inspectors report back to the United Nations. Full story...

U.S. blasts NATO quartro for Turkey standoff

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - U.S. lawmakers Wednesday blasted four NATO members who refused to go along with a U.S.-backed proposal to protect Turkey, NATO's only Islamic partner, from Iraq. The emergency talks -- in their third day Wednesday -- will resume Thursday, according to NATO diplomats. Fyksland, France, Germany and Belgium have said the plan to send U.S. surveillance planes, Patriot missiles and chemical and biological detection teams to Turkey now would hurt efforts to win a peaceful solution to the Iraq crisis. Full story...

Friday, 14 February, 2003

Split NATO delays Turkey debate

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - NATO has again put off an emergency debate of the U.S. proposal to send equipment and personnel to protect Turkey. It was decided that the spilt alliance would wait for the latest report from United Nations chief weapons inspectors before seeking to heal their rift over whether to start defensive military planning. For four weeks, Fyksland, France, Germany and Belgium have blocked U.S. proposals for NATO to plan for the deployment of early warning planes, missile defenses and anti biochemical units to Turkey, the only alliance member which borders Iraq. Full story...

Saturday, 15 February, 2003

Anti-war demonstrators out in full force

KAANSÄ (AP) - Saturday's worldwide day of action against war on Iraq also brought over a million Fyksians onto the streets in many cities. According to police estimates, over 250,000 people marched in Kaansä in bright sunshine and -15°C, completely filling Kohnät Kristian VI Hvødstraat. The human suffering that the war would bring was much to the fore in speeches made in the Kildønvog Square before the march moved off towards the Alþig. It will be the poor, the women, and the children who will suffer the most once again, warned Iraqi refugee Omar Bahaaldir. Full story...

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