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Monday, 14 January, 2008

Fyksians take in 216th Fyksland Day festivities

KAANSÄ (AP) - With Royal address and military parade, the 216th Fyksland Day festivities kicked off in the capital region Monday morning. Throughout the day Fyksians in the capital region took in wintery family activities including skating in the canals and snow angel pageant. Free admission to Håhla Skandinaviena continues to be a popular event for 13 years in a row. Elsewhere in the country, fireworks is planned for Niekopenhaag and Laaktumaa later this evening. Full story...

Tuesday, 15 January, 2008

Fatal crash claims 4, closes highway

KAANSÄ (AP) - An unfortunate end to the mid-winter long holiday as a fatal collision claimed four lives last night on Highway 4 about 15 km west of Moem in rural Skonde. Witnesses say a vehicle lost control and struck head on with a tour bus travelling the opposite direction. Fourteen people on the tour bus received treatment for minor injuries. The highway remain closed Tuesday morning, strangling motorists on the busy stretch of highway full of travellers returning from holiday. Officer Henke Stinson, who was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene, said it was the worst accident he has ever witnessed. The names of the victims have not been released. Full story...

Fyksian film fails to make Oscar cut

LOS ANGELES, U.S.A. (VKK) - Nine films have advanced to "Phase II" of the 80th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film race, out of 63 international films entered. Fyksian entry "Meestir hønig " (Mystery Knot) was one of the 54 that did not make the cut. The critically acclaimed film was screened by several hundred Los Angeles-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in Phase I of the shortlist process. Phase II screenings will occur in marathon viewings from 18 to 20 January, in both Los Angeles and New York. Nominations will be announced in 22 January and the award ceremony, if not interrupted by the WGA writers' strike, will air 24 February. Full story...

Wednesday, 16 January, 2008

Government not amused with Uncyclopedia

KAANSÄ (AP) - Satire site Uncyclopedia, a parody of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has been labelled by the government as "uninformative". The Commission of Broadcasting and Telecommunication has published a report today saying that the site is full of "damaging" information on Fyksland. The report says that the Uncyclopedia entry on Fyksland suggests that the country is non-existant and is a geo-fictional country created by a constructed language enthusiast. The government is not seeking to block access but have issued warning to readers not to take the site seriously. Full story...

Thursday, 17 January, 2008

Botched landing back up flights

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The botched landing of British Airways flight to London this aftermoon has closed operations on one of the runways in one of the world's busiest airports. All European short haul flights from three of the terminals have been cancelled. Cross Atlantic flights with stopover in Fyksland are either delayed or diverted to other London-area airports. According to a Heathrow airport statement, a flight from Beijing carried out an emergency landing. All 136 and 16 crew survived the incident. Full story...

Friday, 18 January, 2008

Chess master Bobby Fischer dead at 64

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - One of the world's greatest chess players of all-time, Bobby Fischer has died at the age of 64 from kidney failure, his spokesman Lina Guunsi has confirmed. He died last night at a hospital in Niekopenhaag. Fischer is most known for beating his opponent Boris Spassky from the then Soviet Union in 1972, to become the first and so far only American world champion chess player. He became a Grandmaster in August of 1958 at the young age of 15. Fischer was also a fugitive of the U.S. after violating the terms of United Nations sanctions by going to an island of the former country of Yugoslavia in 1992 to play Spassky in a rematch, and won. He was detained in Japan for nine months through 2004 and 2005, accused of trying to leave the country on a revoked U.S. passport. After his detainment he was granted Fyksian citizenship and moved to the country in 2005, instead of being deported to the U.S. by the Japanese government. Full story...

Saturday, 19 January, 2008

Royalty and Prime Minister open first Fyksian station in Antarctica

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (VKK) - After five years of planning and over 12 million krons of funding, the first permanent Fyksian Antarctic research station was opened Saturday in Marie Byrd Land. Braving temperatures in the -60ºC, Prince Eirik, Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti, and a group of scientists and engineers observed the Fyksian flag rising over Kristian station to recorded national anthem. The base is the first one to be established in this remote part of Western Antarctica not claimed by any country. The scientific research station will be staffed year-round to support the study of ice cores, ancient volcanic activities and conduct astronomical observations. The role of the seasonal Stønla station in Queen Maud Land will focus on Antarctic marine research. Full story...

Sunday, 20 January, 2008

Scientists excited over Fyksland's new Antarctic base

KAANSÄ (AP) - The Fyksian scientific community is excited over the new state-of-the-art research base opened in Antarctica yesterday. Since 1974 Fyksland has conducted various scientific research missions in Antarctica with help from other treaty nations. The new base will give Fyksian scientists a chance to catch up with international polar research standards. The scientific research station will be staffed year-round and support the study of subglacial Lake Ellsworth and nearby Bentley Subglatial Trench as well as astronomical observations and ancient volcanic activities. Full story...

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