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Sunday, 1 June, 2003

Stotson unveiled gift to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (VKK) – Prime Minister Jana Stotson unveiled a 12-foot tall stainless steel sculpture in St. Petersburg, Russia today as part of the city's 300th anniversary celebration. Completed by well-known Fyksian sculpter Trinan Haolstam, the sculpture of a ballet dancer was a gift to the city commemorating the tradition of artistic inspirations and interests share between Russia and Fyksland. Full story...

Monday, 2 June, 2003

U.S. asks for Fyksian peacekeepers in Iraq

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The United States has asked Fyksland about its possible willingness to deploy peacekeeping forces in Iraq. According to Heinrik Glamis, spokeperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the request came through the US Embassy in Kaansä Monday. Glamis said that the request was made on a very general level, and that it seems a number of other countries have received similar inquiries. Glamis indicated that Fyksland's response in the current situation is negative and the recently approved United Nations resolution does not provide the kind of UN mandate required by Fyksian law for participation in a peacekeeping mission. Full story...

Saddam daughters seek asylum in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Two of Saddam Hussein's daughters want to apply for asylum in Fyksland, according to press reports Monday. Raghad, 35, and Rana, 33, are in a family safe-house in Baghdad following the overthrow of their father, said a report in the Kaansä-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awzeera. Fyksland is their first choice, their Niekopenhaag-based cousin Omar-Din Mohammed Hassen al-Majid, told the paper. Full story...

Tuesday, 3 June, 2003

Fyksland cleared of foot-and-mouth suspicions

KAANSÄ (VKK) - It is now official: the suspected heifer in the central Lundvog did not have foot and mouth disease. The animal's tissue samples were sent to Denmark for final tests. On Tuesday morning the National Veterinary and Food Research Institute received confirmation from Denmark that no signs of the dreaded disease were found in the samples. Already last week the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries had informed other Nordic countries of the foot-and-mouth disease suspicions. According to Rani Kindønspog, a breeding manager at the Fyksian Animal Breeding Association, a verbal announcement of the suspicions was also given at the World Organisation for Animal Health conference in Paris. Full story...

Wednesday, 4 June, 2003

Fyksland critical of Finland's anti-personnel landmines

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Defense Minister Paul Kristensen has expressed disappointment over Finland's decision to maintain anti-peronnel mines as part of the country's defences. Matti Vanhanen, Kristensen's Finnish counterpart, has announced yesterday that the Finnish government is not bound by the objective included in the defence review to lose the mines by 2010. Finland has set as a target that it would agree to a ban on anti-personnel landmines by 2006 and would give up their use finally by 2010. Finland is the only EU country not to have signed the Ottawa Treaty on the prohibition of the use and production of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction. Full story...

Thursday, 5 June, 2003

Fyksland icy on Saddam daughters

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - The Immigration and Refugee Board says it will not look favorably on granting asylum to two of Saddam Hussein's daughters after their cousin, who lives in Niekopenhaag, was reported as saying they wanted to live near him. "We will not consider claims from any member of his family who may have been involved in human rights abuses -- this includes Saddam Hussein's daughters," a Immigration and Refugee Board spokeswoman said on Thursday. A cousin of the former Iraqi dictator, Omar-Din al-Majed, returned to Fyksland Thursday morning on a SvenesÆr flight connecting from Jordan through Amsterdam. He told the Staandæt Poste that Saddam's daughters want to come to Fyksland. Full story...

Friday, 6 June, 2003

Fyksian bathing water sampling not up to EU standards

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The European Commission reports that the quality of Fyksian bathing waters has improved particularly along the coasts over the past few years. According to a report that was published on Thursday, samples are taken more often than before, but the Commission still finds the Fyksian system insufficient. The criticism is directed at five municipalities. The report states that last summer, the quality of bathing water or the collection of samples was lacking at some seven beaches. The EU and Fyksian authorities have disagreed for years on how to measure the quality of bathing water. Full story...

Saturday, 7 June, 2003

Bizzare accident took life of drunk driver

LAAKTUMAA, Øtali-Þorja (AP) - Early Saturday morning an intoxicated man was discovered in a parkade in the western Laaktumaa suburb of Griermonti apparently run over by his own car. The unlikely incident took place when the man was attempting to get his car started, and having failed to do so using the key, he got out and opened the hood, jump-starting the car from there. Unfortunately, the vehicle was apparently in gear and it lurched forward, running over his lower legs before it collided with two other parked vehicles. Coroner determined the man had a blood alcohol exceeding two times the legal limit, sufficient for a charge of aggravated drunken driving even if he was not technically behind the wheel at the time. Full story...

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