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Monday, 4 February, 2008

US increases pressure on Fyksian Afghan forces

KAANSÄ (VKK) - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has called Fyksland to expand its military activities in Afghanistan in a strongly-worded letter to Defence Minister Ingrid Vintensdoter. Gates asked Fyksland to consider a new mandate which could allow hundreds more troops to be sent to Afghanistan with some deployed to more volatile south. Under a mandate approved by parliament in November to extend the mission for another year, Fyksland can only send combat troops to the south under exceptional circumstances. Gates insists that without reinforcements NATO faces a loss of credibility and a division within the alliance. Gates' stern warning came just days ahead of the NATO talks to be held in Lithuania later this week where the Afghan mission is high on the agenda. Full story...

Tuesday, 5 February, 2008

Ministry of Health to review organ donation regulations

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Ministry of Health has announced that it is currently reviewing the regulations that screen potential donor organs. Whilst the Fyksian Red Cross in 2006 has removed a 16 year-old ban to prevent gay men from giving blood, Ministry of Health has yet to lift similar restrictions. Spokesperson Sonja Pieder at the department says the current rules exclude gay men and other groups that are at high risk of transmitting infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C and B. Pieder says improvement in screening technologies meant that arbitrary donor characteristics such as sexual orientation is no longer a factor. "We might as well screen donors based on their hair colour," said Pieder. Full story...

Wednesday, 6 February, 2008

US pre-election normination "fascinating"

WASHINGTON D.C. (VKK) - Following yesterday's so-called Super Tuesday primaries across 24 American states, neither Democrat presidential candidate Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama managed to declare decisive victory. Even though the election is still some nine months away, American people are selecting the presidential candidates through a series of state primaries in what is being called a "fascinating race". What has been garnering attention is the possibility of electing a female or an African-American president, either scenarios have been unheard of in American history. Full story...

Thursday, 7 February, 2008

Fyksland responds to NATO call for Afghan aid

VILNIUS, Lithuania (VKK) - Defence Minister Ingrid Vintensdoter indicated to NATO that Fyksland is considering to send more troops and to provide more logistic and medical support in Afghanistan. NATO defence ministers are meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania to discuss the mission. The meeting is the first high-level talks since Canada released a report recommending Canadian troops to withdraw in 2009 unless they are getting more support from NATO. Vintensdoter implored Canadians to wait on making a decision. She said final details about Fyksland's increased support would be presented at a later date by Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti. Vintensdoter hinted that the deployment could send troops to the calmer north to replace a Norwegian unit. Bitter divisions have emerged over the reluctance of countries such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain to send combat troops to the more volatile south Afghanistan. NATO played down headlines about a rift within the alliance. Full story...

PM firm on EU participation

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Addressing the annual Conference of Industries, Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti says a full cooperation and participation in the European Union is crucial to Fyksian industries. Hvåti remarked on the very day of the15th anniversary of the signing of the Maastricht Treaty, Fyksians are still somewhat sceptical to the EU. The Alliance of Fyksian Industries negotiates settlements with labour organisations and reaches agreements. It also plays an active role in voicing objections or support to pending legislation or regulation that impact Fyksian industrial interests. Hvåti fell short of selling the euro to the audience, but warned Fyksland could become increasingly more isolated in an expanding union. Full story...

Friday, 8 February, 2008

2007 a deadly year for journalists

KAANSÄ (AP) - According to a recently released report called Attacks on the Press in 2007, the Committe to Protect Journalists has said 65 journalists were killed in 2007. The report says the highest amount of deaths occured in Iraq, for the second year in a row. It also says last year was the deadliest year for the press in more than a decade. The report tallied figures for cases of imprisonment, harassment of journalists. The CPJ noted that no journalist was harmed in the making of the report. Full story...

Saturday, 9 February, 2008

Immigrants found in cargo container

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Eight immigrants have been discovered in a cargo container awaiting for custom clearance in the Port of Niekopenhaag. Custom officials were alerted to banging noises coming from one of the containers Saturday morning. Eight immigrants from Somalia and Iraq are now hospitalised for hypothermia, dehydration and malnutrition. Police would not confirm if there were minors, but said they have charged the shipping company and they are now tracking the origin of the cargo. According to sources, the cargo was at sea for at least a week. Full story...

Sunday, 10 February, 2008

Dozens hold anit-scientology protest

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Dozens of protesters in Kaansä joined a worldwide protests against the Church of Scientology today. The protest, held by Internet group Anonymous, called for over 250 masked rallies around the world against the Church's religious practices. Police were on hand overlooking few dozens of masked protesters gathered in front of a building that houses the Church of Scientology headquarters in Fyksland. Protesters held signs and handed out flyers to passers-by. The protest in Fyksland were smaller in scale compared to other organised rallies in Europe. Full story...

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