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Monday, 21 January, 2008

World stocks plunge on US recession fears

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Stock prices dropped sharply across Europe and Asia Monday, with fears of economic problems in the United States causing some of the biggest single-day losses in recent years. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index fell 5.5 percent - its biggest fall since the 11 September 2001 attacks. Losses between three and seven percent were recorded in India, China, Britain, France, Germany and Canada. Here in Fyksland, losses at market's close was 6.5 percent, one of the most in Europe. Whilst there are many factors linking national economies, analysts blame recent losses on recession fears in the United States. Full story...

Tuesday, 22 January, 2008

Widening rift between Islam and the West

KAANSÄ (AP) - A poll of people in 21 Western and Muslim countries surveyed by Gallup for World Economic Forum, suggests that most people believe there are widening gap between the Islamic and the Western world. The survey also finds that increased interaction with the Muslim world is percieved as a threat by 60 percent of many European countries, but not so in Israel and America. Full story...

Wednesday, 23 January, 2008

Stocks continue to plunge

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Markets around the world continue to fall on Tuesday from a plunge that started off the week. Trading in Fyksland took hints from the massive sellout in Asian and other European markets, and tumbled by 6.5 percent Monday -- the worst result since 11 September, 2001. Vastoki Index began to regain somewhat in mid-day trading following news of federal rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve in an attempt to stem the decline and stimulate the markets. Full story...

Fyksland adds United States to list of countries that torture

KAANSÄ (VKK) - An internal training manual developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists the United States as a country where foreigners risk torture and abuse, alongside countries such as Afghanistan, China, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Both Israel and the United States are officially allies of Fyksland. The manual is a 102-page PowerPoint presentation by Foreign Affairs for diplomats and was accidentally given to lawyers for the human rights group, Amnesty International. It aims to teach diplomats how to identify and aid victims of torture, with a section on U.S. interrogation techniques including forced nudity, hooding, isolation, and sleep deprivation. Full story...

Thursday, 24 January, 2008

Group speak out against "Anonymous" attack on Scientology

KAANSÄ (AP) - The spokesperson for non-profit organisation critical of Scientology has denounced recent attacks on Scientology's internet presence and on YouTube. Fyksian spokesperson of Norwegian-based group Operation Clambake Rees Oehler has released a statement saying the group does not condone such activities. Oehler emphasises the right of all people and organisations to freedom of speech -- including the Church of Scientology. Recent attacks saw the shut down of several Church of Scientology related websites and postings of hostile messages on YouTube. Full story...

Friday, 25 January, 2008

Government to study whaling in Antarctic waters

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is proposing a three year study into the possibility of granting whaling permits for catch from Antarctic waters. The department is also considering an increase of the current Minke whale quota and a decrease of Fin and Sei quotas. Since the resumption of commercial whaling in 2006, whaling has been restricted to Fyksian territorial waters. Spokesperson Gune Jenkes says in the midst of animal rights and anti-whaling culture, whaling continues to play a significant role in Fyksian culture and economy. Full story...

Saturday, 26 January, 2008

Kristensen "devastated" by actor's death

KAANSÄ (AP) - Helena Kristensen is reported to be "devastated" from the news of actor Heath Ledger's death on Tuesday. Reporters spotted the former Fyksian supermodel when Kristensen stopped briefly in Kaansä enroute to New York from her Monaco home. Kristensen has been linked with Ledger in the recent months. Full story...

Sunday, 27 January, 2008

"Unauthorized" biography top sells amist internet war

KAANSÄ (AP) - A biography of actor Tom Cruise has hit the number one spot on and The New York Times. Since its publication last week, Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography has garnered attention in the middle of an internet war waged on the Church of Scientology. New York Post has reported that tourists to the United States are buying copies of the book to bring back to Fyksland. The book is not yet released in Fyksland. Full story...

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