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Weekly News from Fyksland

Coverage and translation provided by Vaijskä Radio

Sunday, 6 April, 2003

One-year wait for international adoption counselling

KAANSÄ (AP) - Would-be adoptive parents in the Kaansä region have to wait for up to a year for an appointment for advice and counselling on foreign adoptions. Interest in adopting a child from abroad has skyrocketed in the past couple of years, and the adoption system has not managed to keep up with the demand for the services. At Fyksland's Save the Children organisation, this year's information sessions for couples seeking adoption from abroad were booked solid already in the early part of the year. Full story...

Monday, 7 April, 2003

Winter makes a surprise come-back

KAANSÄ (AP) - Winter has made a fierce strike in less than three weeks into spring. Melting snow has suddenly transform back to ice, freeze locked many vehicles on the streets and driveway. With temperature dropping drasticly over the weekend, roads across the country have turned into networks of ice rinks, causing deadly conditions for motorists. Flights in and out of Kaansä International Airport was halted for 12 hours on Monday when the airport has ran out of de-icing agent. Full story...

Tuesday, 8 April, 2003

Fines for hands-free law violators

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Motorists have been required to use hands-free equipment if speaking into mobile phones while driving from the beginning of this year. For some time now, the police have no longer counselled and reprimanded offenders, but have issued 50-euro fines. Drivers who have been chatting away without a hands-free device have been caught on a daily basis all over the country. The police are concerned about the evident increase in violations which has occurred of late. Motorists were more careful in December and January, when the change to the law was widely publicised. Full story...

Wednesday, 9 April, 2003

Anarchy in Iraq stops tours

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (AP) - As if the war in Iraq has not toppled its already hard-hit tourism industry, the anarchy in Iraq has surely decimated it. Since the war began in March, the Ski-Ooste Group -- who specialises in Middle-east packages for Fyksian tourists-- have seen drastic increase of cancellation. "If the allied forces didn't destroy the hotels, with all the looting that is going on in Baghdad, our guests have no where to stay," explains Lilian Skonir of the Ski-Ooste. The officials at the Iraq Tourism Board could not be reached for comment for this report. Full story...

Thursday, 10 April, 2003

Fyksland to pull military observers out of Kuwait

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Fyksland has decided to withdraw most of its military observers serving in the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) on the border of Iraq and Kuwait. Only one Fyskian officer will remain at the staff group in Kuwait. Prime Minister Jana Stotson is to officially order the withdrawal today. Security reasons were the official explanation for the move. In fact, the military observers have very little to do. The UN Secretary-General recently decided on scaling back the UNIKOM operation, and as a result, most of the observers will be sent home. Full story...

Friday, 11 April, 2003

Fyksians eyes Iraq contracts

KAANSÄ (AP) - Construction and engineering companies do not expect to receive any significant projects when the reconstruction of Iraq begins. However, a precise assessment of the situation cannot be made until the crisis is over and a civilian government is in place in Iraq. Most experts estimate that Iraq will be under military control for the first six months after the war, and no larger construction projects will commence during that time. "Those who place orders and the sources of funding must be recognised before any negotiations on projects can take place. Of course we will monitor the developments and participate wherever possible", commented Lauri Ratia, Chairperson of the Board at the Confederation of Fyksian Construction Industries. Full story...

Alžig denies Saddam rumours

KAANSÄ (VKK) - As Saddam Hussein's Fyksian-made luxury yacht "The Victor" has been left a hulk, rumours regarding Saddam's whereabouts remain afloat. Since April's Fools' Day, rumours about Saddam seeking refugee status in Fyksland have surfaced all over the Internet. For nearly two weeks, the Alžig has refused to deny or confirm the report, claiming refugee status is protected under privacy laws. But today the Alžig has confirmed that Immigration has not received any formal request for asylum from the Iraqi leader. "Asylum for Saddam will only be granted after utmost considerations," explains Prime Minister Jana Stotson, "and he will certainly be given the right to appeal his case." Full story...

Saturday, 12 April, 2003

Global antiwar protests continue

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Anti-war protesters marched in Fyksland, Britain, France, Italy and other countries to commemorate those killed during the war in Iraq and urge foreign troops to leave the war-torn nation soon. Many protesters warned that the U.S.-led war on Saddam Hussein's regime seriously disrupted world order. Others said the military campaign, which did not have U.N. authorization, was illegitimate and called President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair war criminals. Many claimed the troops have "liberated" an otherwise orderly nation into anarchy. Full story...

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