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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Sunday, 13 April, 2003

Key Iraqi figure disappearance suspicious

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (AP) - A former Iraqi general living in Fyksland who has been under police investigation since 2001 has gone missing. The ex-Iraqi, who has not been named by officials, has been living in Fyksland as an asylum seeker for five years. An ongoing investigation was launched in 2001 to investigate his connection with crimes against humanity committed in Iraq. Since the war began in Iraq last month, authorities began guarding his home because of the man's close ties with Washington. According to the SMU, the man is on a list of key Iraqi figures the United States may install as the next Iraqi leader. But on Sunday, family members reported the man has gone missing for two days. Full story...

Bush radio address questionable

WASHINGTON D.C., U.S.A. (VKK) - A message allegedly made by the US President George W. Bush dominated the airwaves in the United States on Saturday. So far, it appears to be a radio address to the nation and proves that the American leader is still very much alive and in control. "It's too soon to tell if it was really Bush, or if it was a pre-recorded message," said SMU voice analysis expert Tanja Stonsvog. "We have decided not to air Bush's address in fear that it may be a coded piece of propanganda to incite terrorist attacks," said VKK spokesperson Olav Pindot. Full story...

Monday, 14 April, 2003

Ex-Iraqi disappearance sparks old debate

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The disappearance of Nijab al Tahgazi has sparked heated debate in the parliament today. The former Iraqi official under police investigation for crimes against humanity was reported missing yesterday. The disappearance sparked old debates concerning new procedures to stop alleged war criminals hiding in Fyksland. But the more current debate now at heat in the Alžig pointed accusing fingers to anywhere from the law enforcement to the United States. But the Oppositions strongly condemned the accusation at a possible US involvement proposed by the coalition government. Full story...

Ambassador denies CIA involvement in disappearance

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The United States Ambassador to Fyksland Jack Lemple has denied CIA involvment in the disappearance of former Iraqi official Nijab al-Tahgazi. The Christian Democratic MP Kilean Slesvig earlier today charged the United States for smuggling resident out of a sovereign nation. Slesvig claimed al-Tahgazi is part of Washington's plan to install Iraq's new government despite there is an ongoing investigation concerening al-Tahgazi's involvement with crimes against humanity. "There is absolutely no proof that the CIA is involved in the disappearance," said Lemple. Full story...

Tuesday, 15 April, 2003

SARS not a threat in Fyksland: Officials

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Health officials can now finally take a deep breathe in a sign of relief and announced today that a SARS outbreak in Fyksland is no longer a threat. It has been over two weeks since the first case of SARS was diagnosed in Fyksland. So far, no additional cases, suspect or probable, have surfaced in the country. Health officials say that early precautions taken to contain the spread of the virus appeared to have been working. Officials say the public must remain vigilent over the upcoming Easter long weekend until the global outbreak has subsided. Full story...

Wednesday, 16 April, 2003

Customs halts suspicious Iraqi cargo

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (VKK) - Custom officials have halted the transfer of a shipment of cargo at the Niekopenhaag Airport, the Royal Custom Bureau has confirmed. The cargo, of Middle Eastern origin and bounded for an address in the United States, attracted the attention of custom officers when it appeared to have violated the weight restrictions. The Royal Bureau of Custom has so far declined to comment on the content of the cargo, but sources close to Niekopenhaag Airport say the cargo may have been looted artefacts from Iraq. Full story...

Thursday, 17 April, 2003

Niekopenhaag remembers fallen soldiers of Afghanistan

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (VKK) - It has been a year since a friendly fire accident in Afgahanistan took the lives of five Fyksian soldiers of the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Olivia's Light Infantry battle group. Thousands attended a ceremony in the Regkopen Military Base 12 kilometres outside of Niekopenhaag. "We gather here today to celebrate five accomplished lives that constantly remind us the value of peace," said the 90-year-old Princess Olivia. Full story...

Friday, 18 April, 2003

Fyksland-U.S. relation dips further

KAANSÄ (VKK) - As if the anti-war position taken by the Fyksian government has not deteriorate the already difficult relation between Kaansä and Washington, events this week have certainly dipped the situation into an all time low. Earlier this week a key Iraqi figure was allegedly smuggled out of the country by CIA, now the United States is accusing custom officials in Fyksland for holding cargo yesterday without any grounds. "It's certainly no honeymoon now between Kaansä and Washington," said political analyst Jian Heijsi. Full story...

Saturday, 19 April, 2003

Interpol confirms content of arrested Iraqi cargo

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jųlantä (VKK) - Moving swiftly since yeterday's announcement, the Interpol has formed a team to track down art and antiquities dating back thousands of years that have been stolen from Iraqi cultural institutions, including the country's national museum in Baghdad. Today a team of Interpol agents arrived in Fyksland and confirmed that the cargo held in custody in Niekopenhaag since Friday is indeed of Iraqi origin. The international police agency made the move early Saturday, the day after a panel of antiquities experts said it suspected some of the looting had been "commissioned" by collectors who had anticipated the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Full story...

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