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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Tuesday, 1 January, 2008

Warm welcome to 2008

KAANSÄ (AP) - Warm weather brought out revellers in record numbers in the capital to welcome 2008. Temperature hovering in the low positive digits was a treat to hundred of thousands of partiers who descended to the city centre as early as late afternoon. Elsewhere in Fyksland similar balmy weather ensured a festive outdoor celebrations in many of the major cities and towns. Full story...

Eurozone inflated by Cyprus and Malta

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Today at midnight, the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Malta, both small island states in the Mediterranean, adopted the euro as their official currency; less than four years after their accession to the European Union. Fireworks and outdoor celebrations in both countries welcomed the euro in style. Cypriot and Maltese leaders made symbolic withdrawals of euros from cash machine just minutes into the New Year. The transaction for Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi was not as smooth, however, because his automatic teller failed and he had to use a different one. Full story...

Wednesday, 2 January, 2008

Banning Church of Scientology in Fyksland unrealistic

KAANSÄ (AP) - Responding to a government report released last week on the Church of Scientology status in Fyksland, Justice Minister Hans Skrouløn told the Associated Press (AP) today that banning the group is unrealistic and impossible. Skrouløn stated that it is not a government task to ban a group like the Church of Scientology. The organisation has been under investigation by the government for over a decade by the office of Human Rights Commision of Fyksland. The report found that the organisation does operate in ways that may be perceived as violation to the Fyksian constitution, but that at present the group has failed to successfully infiltrate Fyksian society; membership has stagnated. Full story...

Thursday, 3 January, 2008

Latin America a high potential market

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) - For a week in tropical Caribbean coast of Mexico, it is not all fun and sun for a dozen of Fyksian delegates, at least until 9 January. Representatives are working hard in Cancún to promote Fyksland's products and presence and to establish lucrative investment opportunities at the Latin America Trade Convention 2008. Equally important objective of this convention is to attract diversified Latin American investments in Fyksland. "Fyksland is largely unknown in the vast and rapidly growing market that is Latin America," said cultural-attaché Kilean Väsir. The convention is also a venue to promote tourism and the 2012 Olympic Games in Kaansä. Full story...

Friday, 4 January, 2008

Government advises against non-essential travel to Kenya

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising against all but essential travel to Kenya because of the violence following the disputed presidential elections. The warning and the violence are heavily affecting Kenya's tourism industry, which relies heavily on European tourists escaping the winter cold. The travel warning recommends that those already in Kenya stay indoors and exercise extreme caution and seek advice locally either from their tour operator or the local authorities if they want to travel. Foreign Affairs also warns against attending political gatherings and large public meetings. Full story...

Saturday, 5 January, 2008

Top aviation safety in 2007

GENEVA, Switzerland (VKK) - Statistics supplied by a survey from the Geneva-based Aircraft Crashes Record Office (ACRO) and by aviation insurance specialist Aon suggest that 2007 was an unusually good year for safety in the aviation industry. The ACRO reports that fatal aircraft accidents involving planes carrying over six people were at their lowest since 1963, whilst Aon reports that fatal accidents on commercial airliners totalled 23, which Flight International reports to be an all-time low. ACRO reports that 136 crashes killed a total of 965 people worldwide. It says this is 28 fewer crashes than 2006, and also a 25% decrease in fatalities. Flight International reported that 23 fatal commercial airliner crashes killed a total of 597 people. That accident rate is the lowest it has ever been, and both figures are well below the average for the last decade, which came in at 35.5 and 846.3 respectively. Full story...

Sunday, 6 January, 2008

Infant mauled by dog

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (AP) - A ten-month old boy has been gravely attacked this afternoon by a Rottweiler in suburban Nugjølut. A neighbour was babysitting the boy when she heard the boy screaming from the kitchen. The neighbour rescued the boy from the dog and tried to perform CPR and called 112 for help. Police said the infant's head was in bad shape and the dog broke the boy's skull. The boy was rushed to hospital and remains in intensive care. The dog was shot with a tranquilizer and was sent to a care center. The babysitter has requested that the name of the boy not to be released. Full story...

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