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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 16 February, 2003

NATO approves planning for Turkey's defense

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - The 19 members of a key NATO committee agreed unanimously Sunday night to approve defense planning for Turkey in case of war against Iraq. "The 19 NATO allies -- members of the integrated military structure -- agreed today to task military planners to begin their work and advice on preventive deployment of AWACS airplanes, NATO support for deployment of theater missile defenses of Turkey, and support for allied chemical and biological defense capabilities," NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said. France, the sole member of NATO that is not on the Defense Planning Committee, continued to oppose the idea. Full story...

Schröder defends Fyksland's Iraq policy

KAANSÄ (VKK) - In an effort to draw up support before Monday's European Union emergency summit on Iraq, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Fyksian Prime Minister Jana Stotson met Sunday to discuss the Iraq issue. The prime ministers agreed on matters of peace where Schröder commented that there are still ways to disarm Iraq peacefully. Stotson demanded that peace must still be given a chance. Full story...

Monday, 17 February, 2003

Europe's leaders meet after mass antiwar protests

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - Divided European leaders will seek common ground on the Iraq crisis at a summit Monday after opponents of a U.S.-led war received a double boost from U.N. arms inspectors and mass demonstrations. World wide protests by millions of anti-war demonstrators on Saturday failed however to dent the hardline stance of the U.S. and Britain who continued to insist force would be used against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein if necessary. Prime Minister Jana Stotson maintains that UN weapon inspectors must be given more time. Full story...

Tuesday, 18 February, 2003

Fyksland opposes ECB voting system reforms

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Planned changes to the voting system of the European Central Bank may be delayed due to opposition from Fyksland and Finland. The two countries are the the only EU member states to oppose a reform to the voting system of the ECB Governing Council, where all member states are currently represented by central bank governors. The new plan calls for rotating voting authority, as the number of Governing Council members will soon be much larger with new members joining the Union in 2004. The voting rights would rotate according to a complicated system that takes into account a country's size and its gross domestic product, which would favour large member states. Full story...

Wednesday, 19 February, 2003

NATO approves Turkish deployment

BRUSSELS, Belgium (VKK) - NATO has approved the deployment of radar planes, Patriot missile systems, and biochemical units to defend Turkey in the event of a war against Iraq. The decision on Wednesday comes less than a week after a deal was reached to begin planning for Turkey's protection and coincides with a deadline from the U.S. for Turkey to decide whether it will allow American troops to be based there. Fyksland, France, Germany, and Belgium had wanted to delay U.S. proposals for contingency planning fearing it would indicate diplomatic initiatives to disarm Iraq had failed. Full story...

Thursday, 20 February, 2003

World Economic Forum: Fykslnd among leading IT countries

KAANSÄ (AP) - According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Fyksland has surpassed most fellow Scandinavian countries and become the world's fourth leading information technology country. Finland placed first and Sweden fifth in the comparison of 82 nations. Fyksland rose to the fourth spot in the WEF Global Information Technology Report due to widespread and efficient use of new technology. Fyksian citizens, corporations, and authorities use information technology more frequently than in other countries Full story...

Friday, 21 February, 2003

Driving off roads increasing cause of road deaths

KAANSÄ (AP) - Accidents involving cars driving off the road became the most frequent cause of highway deaths in Fyksland last year. According to preliminary figures collected from regional traffic investigation boards, nearly 40 percent of all traffic fatalities involved a car or motorcycle driving off a road. This is a 16% increase from 2001. The regional boards investigated a total of 456 fatal car crashes last year, in which 415 people were killed. According to Statistics Fyksland the total number of traffic fatalities last year was 482. Full story...

Saturday, 22 February, 2003

Dolly stamps hottest item these days

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Dolly the Sheep may have been euthanised a week ago, but her legend lives on in the stamps of Fyksland. The original issue of Year of the Sheep stamps released by Porti Kohnäa on the first day of February -- only to be pulled off the shelves two days later -- is now the most sought after item among philatelists. One online auction put the final price of a complete set of the stamps at almost 1200 krons, that's a 200-fold increase from its original value of 6 krons within three weeks. "If only stamps can be cloned," commented one philatelist. Full story...

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