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Monday, 7 January, 2008

Bilateral summit strengthens Fyksian-Mexican relation

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) - Speaking at the base of the ancient pyramid of Chichen Itza, Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti said the European Union has a role to play in the commercialisation of Mexico. The prime minister is on a two-day visit in Mexico highlighting the bonds between Mexico and Fyksland and past cooperation such as petroleum exploration and production. Host President Felipe Calderón stressed that Fyksland is as much the gateway to the EU as Mexico is the gateway to Latin America. Hvåti's official visit to Mexico coincides with the Latin America Trade Convention held this past few days in Cancún. Full story...

Tuesday, 8 January, 2008

Infant dead from mauling incident

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (AP) - A ten-month old Nugjølut boy who has been attacked by his babysitter's dog on Sunday has surcome to the injuries. Doctors announced the death last night at the Gaamla-area hospital and said the incident was tragic. Police say they have been trying to contact the boy's parents who are still in vacation in Asia. Whilst the dog has been taken into custody, police are considering charges to be laid on the 14 year-old babysitter whose name has not been released. The five year-old Rottweiler belongs to the babysitter who has not been authorised to bring the dog into the home. Full story...

Wednesday, 9 January, 2008

Bid for China Eastern Airlines unsuccessful

SHANGHAI, China (VKK) - A bid made by SvenesÆr for a 15% stake in China Eastern Airlines was blocked by minority shareholders. Talks about a sale started in April 2007 when SvenesÆr and China Eastern started negotiations about a possible deal. According to Forbes the deal would have helped China Eastern's earnings and accelerate the consolidation and would have improved the market position of China's third-largest airline. Talks went on throughout the year and both companies suspended trading of their shares on 25 June, 2007, according to a AFP press release. The stake would have allowed the ailing Fyksian national carrier to tap into the lucrative Asian-Pacific routes. Full story...

Thursday, 10 January, 2008

Report: upgrade to Vista not advisable

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Schools have been advised not to upgrade to the newest Microsoft products, Vista and Office 2007 according to a report released by the Ministry of Education. The report said that there are no"appropriate benefit" that would offset the additional cost and possible compatibility issues created by upgrading. The ministry overseas finance of all publicly-funded school in Fyksland advised that it would not fund such upgrade in this year's budget. The report also says that schools and colleges should make students, teachers and parents aware of the range of free products that are available, and how to use them. Full story...

Teen charged in mauling incident

NUGJØLUT, Gaamla (AP) - Gaamla police has charged a 14 year-old girl and her father whose dog has killed a toddler she was babysitting. Her name is not released under the Youth Criminal Act, but it has been reported that the teen was the boy's neighbour. The teen has been charged with a number of offenses including involuntary manslaughter and is due to be appear in court early next month. Police has also charged the teen's father with possession of an animal that killed a person. The Nugjølut Humane Society has authorised the five-year-old Rottweiler to be destroyed yesterday. Full story...

Friday, 11 January, 2008

Troops may have received contaminated blood from American donors

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Troops who received blood transfusions from American emergency front-line donors face the risk of infectious diseases such as AIDS, the Ministry of Defence confirmed, but said risk of infection was low. A Ministry of Defence report leaked to the media suggested that current blood screening in the front-line is "insufficient". The report claims that as much as 214 troops who fought and were wounded in Afghanistan since 2002 are being tested for HIV as well as Chagas, Hepatitis B, HTLV and Syphilis. The military says that the unscreened transfusions were needed to keep the troops alive when they were receiving emergency treatment for their wounds. Full story...

Saturday, 12 January, 2008

Body recovered from fatal avalanche

AUSKIN, Lundvog (AP) - Searchers have recovered the body of a skiier reported missing since a deadly avalanche two weeks ago. The frozen remains of Jón Kárlýson of St. Lucie has been found this morning after an avalance swept a group of six skiiers off the slopes of Mount Lenden 30 December last year. Kárlýson was found at the bottom of Eisen Valley, about a kilometre away from the avalanche site. Park Services suggests that Kárlýson may have initially survived the avalanche. Two survivors were rescued in the accident and three bodies has since been recovered. Full story...

Sunday, 13 January, 2008

Fyksland blocks Hezbollah network Al-Manar programming

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Thaicom, a Thai satellite company has begun airing Hezbollah network Al-Manar, much to Israel's discontent. Al-Manar now can be viewed in Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and most of Europe, a blow to Israel who is trying to fight Hezbollah. Thaicom considers Al-Manar programming as "news and entertainment." Al-Manar was designated a "terrorist entity", and banned by Fyksland in January 2005. It has also been banned by the United States, France and Spain, and has run into some service and license problems abroad, making it unavailable in the Netherlands, South America and Canada whilst it has not officially been banned in any of these regions. Full story...

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