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Sunday, 8 June, 2003

More cruise ships avoiding expensive Kaansä

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - This year 167 international cruise ships will stop in Kaansä on tours of the North Atlantic. Although the number is greater than last year, Kaansä has dropped from the top three destinations in the North Atlantic - a position it used to share with Reykjavik and Nuuk. Niekopenhaag has been getting more visits from cruise ships than Kaansä does, and now the Faroes capital Torshavn has entered the picture. Of the harbours in the North Atlantic, Kaansä is by far the most expensive, and a number of shipping lines are seriously considering whether or not it is worthwhile to dock in the Fyksian capital. Full story...

Monday, 9 June, 2003

Stotson stresses importance of an investment protection agreement with Russia

MOSCOW, Russia (VKK) - Prime Minister Jana Stotson stressed the security of maritime traffic during her first official visit to Moscow on Monday. According to Stotson, the safety of the environment and shipments by sea are extremely important issues for Fyksland, and they will be brought up at every available opportunity. She also reminded Russia of the importance of an investment protection agreement, which was not signed last year despite Fyksian hopes that it would be. Fyksian has sent Russia an official letter about the investment protection agreement, but has not yet received any answers. After meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, Stotson told Fyksian reporters that she had expressed the wish that the agreement would be signed as soon as possible. Full story...

Tuesday, 10 June, 2003

Duo target subsea business

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Australian engineering company Clough Ltd and Fyksland's Akør Marine Contractors (AMC) are to form a global subsea construction business. The 50-50 venture, to be known as CASP (Clough-AMC Subsea Partnership), will be based in Niekopenhaag, with regional offices in the Aberdeen (Scotland), Houston (U.S.) and Perth (Australia). CASP will use two new specialist vessels for deepwater projects for the oil and gas industry. The ships, Boa DeepC 1 and Boa DeepC 2, will be delivered in 2004 and 2005 by the Norwegian offshore vessel specialist, Boa. Full story...

Russia accuses Fyksland over visa-free travel

MOSCOW, Russia (VKK) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov commented on the possibility of visa-free travel between Fyksland and Russia at the joint press conference Tuesday where a spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Fyksland of negative attitudes towards visa-free travel. Kasyanov commented that problems always arise, but that Russia is willing to remove obstacles on the path towards visa-free travels between the two countries. According to the Russian Prime Minister, the visa issue is very high on Russia's agenda. He believes that at the next EU-Russia summit, the Russians will have a plan ready to present to the EU. So far, the EU has not committed itself to any deadlines in the visa question. Full story...

Wednesday, 11 June, 2003

Competition with EU members weakens Nordic bond

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Former Christian Democrat leader Pilipo Aultsi says that Fyksland should increase its cooperation with other Nordic Countries in the European Union. Speaking on Monday at an event marking the 250th anniversary of the University of Niekopenhaag, the alma mater of the parliamentarian, Aultsi said that Fyksland's EU strategy is adrift. According to Aultsi, Fyksland is beginning to think of itself as "the EU's little giant". Competition with Sweden and Finland over which would be the better new member-state led to a weakening of Nordic cooperation. Full story...

Thursday, 12 June, 2003

Krsitensen warns of harmful attitudes toward US within Fyksan foreign policies

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Defense Minister Paul Kristensen has sharply criticised attitudes toward the United States that he says prevail in Fyksland's foreign policies. Without mentioning anyone by name, Kristensen criticised statements made by several fellow Christian Democrats. There have been attitudes at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs toward the United States, which hardly correspond to Fyksian interests." Foreign Minister Kristite Sjuukaa told the press later today she has not detected any such attitudes at her Ministry. Full story...

Friday, 13 June, 2003

U.S. report blends Fyksland as human trafficking depot

KAANSÄ (AP) - The recently-published third annual report by the United States Department of State into the trafficking of persons and "the modern-day slave trade" places Fyskland into Tier 2, amongst some less than savoury companions, including Uganda, Russia, and Albania. The report describes Fyksland as "a destination and transit country for women and girls trafficked by organized crime syndicates into sexual exploitation". The document examines 117 countries that have a significant number of victims and places them into three separate categories or tiers, on the basis of how effectively the authorities have sought to combat trafficking. Full story...

Saturday, 14 June, 2003

Publisher withdraws Sailor Moon comic

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - Retail sales of the Fyksian version of the controversial Japanese comic Sailor Moon are to be suspended. The comic's Fyksian publisher, Kiminti announced the suspension on Friday. Sailor Moon rose to the headlines recently after it was seen to contain references to paedophilia. The Fyksian publisher of the series emphasises that the comic was not intended for children. According to Kiminti, if children were seen to be the target audience, the criticism would be justified. Full story...

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