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Sunday, 23 March, 2003

Ex-Iraqis hope war will end dictatorship

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - "We expected the war to come. To the very last we hoped that Saddam Hussein would leave the country," say Iraqi-born electrical engineer Mikhael Fraiz, and doctor Neriman Al-Hamaundi, who have long lived in the Niekopenhaag suburb of Trolkop. Fraiz has lived in Fyksland for ten years. Al-Hamaundi ended up in Fyksland 16 years ago after seven years of study in Moscow and 12 years of working as a doctor in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has been out of Iraq for 35 years. Full story...

Monday, 24 March, 2003

Fyksians win Oscars

LOS ANGELES, U.S.A. (AP) - Perhaps a change of mind was wise for the case of film makers Martin Strange-Hansen and Mie Andreason, whose film "This Charming Man" has won this year's Oscar for live action short film. As the first Fyksians to win the award, the director and producer of the award-winning film accepted the award last night in Hollywood. Strange-Hansen and Andreason originally planned to boycott the awards ceremony in protest of the U.S.-led war on Iraq. Full story...

Tuesday, 25 March, 2003

U.S. disappointed at Fyksland over Iraq: Ambassador

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Attending a business luncheon in Kaansä, U.S. Ambassador to Fyksland Jack Lemple delivered strong words of criticism over Fyksland's stand on Iraq. Speaking to Fyksian investors and American businessmen, Lemple spoke of the straining U.S.-Fyksland relation. "The United State respects Fyksland's decision to stay out of the war, however, we are disappointed this incident may hinder future trade between the U.S. and Fyksland," said Lemple. Full story...

Fyksland pledges 20 million humanitarian aid

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Alþig has granted 20 million krons of humanitarian assistance for the victims of the war in Iraq. The majority of the funds will be granted to the Fyksian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Minister of Finance Luke Tän, who is responsible for development cooperation, explained on Tuesday that the Red Cross was selected because it is the only international organisation that has been able to continue operating in the war zone. Full story...

Wednesday, 26 March, 2003

Ambassador statement a blackmail: Stotson

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The debate continues in the Alþig today over Fyksland's role in the war in Iraq. Opposition lambasted the Stotson government for not joining the Coalition in the war, whilst some MP's critised that Fyksland has yet committed aide to rebuild post-war Iraq. "As a sovereign nation, Fyksland is allowed to make its own decision. No blackmail will deter Fyksland's will to safeguard world peace," argued Prime Minister Jana Stotson. Full story...

Thursday, 27 March, 2003

SvenesÆr to cut 1,000 jobs

KAANSÄ (VKK) - SvenesÆr has joined the ranks of Fyksian corporations that have announced dismissals. The airline reported on Thursday that it will cut 1,000 jobs over the next two years in order to improve its profitability. The annual savings target of SvenesÆr is 250 million krons, of which savings in personnel expenses should account for 150 million. Slightly under one third of the airline's costs involve personnel-related expenses. Full story...

Friday, 28 March, 2003

Fyksian kron rockets to three-year peak

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Fyksian kron climbed for a fourth-straight session today to reach a three-year high, as the currency benefited from higher interest rates and what looks like a longer-than-expected war in Iraq. At the same time, a new forecast suggests the kron will hit the 0.18 euro mark in the fourth quarter of next year -- a mark last seen five years ago. The kron closed today at 0.156 euro, up 0.02¢ from a day earlier and a level not seen since April of 2000. Full story...

Saturday, 29 March, 2003

Royal Asian tour postponed indefinitely

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Lækvogøn Palace has confirmed that the Royal official visit to Asia has been postponed indefinitely after the decision has leaked to the media. Palace spokeperson said the decision has been reached as the spread of SARS continues to worsen in Southeast Asia. The Royal Couple was originally scheduled to visit Hong Kong in the latter half of April. Full story...

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