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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Monday, 18 February, 2008

EU indecisive over Kosovo

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The EU presidency announced after a day of intense talks between foreign ministers that member countries were free to decide individually whether to recognise Kosovo's independence. UK and France have already expressed that they would recognise the new country while Spain is concerned over the legality of the declaration. Foreign Affairs Minister Kala Uutipalan said on Monday that Fyksland has not changed its position and it is waiting for decision from the United Nation. Full story...

Tuesday, 19 February, 2008

Red Cross reacts to human trafficking in Fyksland

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Fyksian Red Cross plans to investigate the extent of human trafficking in Fyksland and come up with a strategy on how to react to it in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs. Minister of Social Affairs Maati Gjørlind has appointed a committee to develop a strategy by the end of this year on how to fight human trafficking in Fyksland. These plans came just over a week since the first case of human trafficking in 2008 was foiled in Niekopenhaag when eight immigrants were rescued in a cargo container. Full story...

Wednesday, 20 February, 2008

Motion on Afghan mission hits snag

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A government motion to extend the Afghan mission beyond 2008 could be in jeopardy after the emergence of a major difference of opinion with the Opposition on the future role Fyksian troops will assume. While the Labour coalition insist that another contingent of 1,000 troops must take up the counterinsurgency fight in 2009, leaving Fyksland to focus exclusively on training, reconstruction and security, the Christian Democrats coalition see the infusion of soldiers backing up and fighting alongside the NATO battle group that is already on the ground. Full story...

Thursday, 21 February, 2008

Greater forces push oil prices to all-time high

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Oil prices held near $100 US a barrel Thursday after hitting a record overnight as investors poured more cash into crude and other commodities as a hedge against inflation. On Thursday, light, sweet crude for April delivery opened above $100 but slipped by 42 cents to trade at $99.28 a barrel by noon in European electronic trading. A series of unfortunate events have been suspected as the root cause of the latest oil price hike. Oil producers blame factors ranging from an oil rig worker being fired in Kuwait to an oil company intern injured from a papercut here in Fyksland all contributed to the recent skyrocketting oil prices. Analysts say last night lunar eclipse may have played a role. Full story...

Total lunar eclipse captures night owls

KAANSÄ (AP) - The first total lunar eclipse for four years wowed observers across Fyksland last night, or at least those determined to stay up. Conditions were ideal across Fyksland to view the astronomical event. The eclipse began as early as 23h34 with totality occured at 2h26. For about 50 minutes, the moon became bathed in Earth's reddish shadow which when observed from the Earth it appeared to have turned to a deep orangey-red. Full story...

Friday, 22 February, 2008

Moratorium called for capelin fishing

KAANSÄ (AP) - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Gunn Sveresman has issued a moratorium on capelin fishing, which will take effect at noon today. The Ministry said the swift move was partly in response to Iceland's moratorium issued yesterday. Since early January, only between 250,000 and 300,000 tons of the fish was located in Fyksian waters according Marine Research Institute. The fishing industry is not expected to be surprised at the announcement who has seen dwindling capelin catch in the recent months. Full story...

Saturday, 23 February, 2008

The Holy Grail may lie beneath Fyksland

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (AP) - A group of scientists believe the Holy Grail and other lost objects, which according to Christian mythology were guarded by the Knights Templar, may be located in the rural district Ørsop in Jølantä. “There are strong indications that the solution to this mystery may be found in Fyksland,” archeologist Naatan Diegt wrote in a letter to the local authority requesting permission for himself and Italian cryptographer Giancarlo Gianazza to search for the treasure in the region. Gianazza believes he have found important clues to where the Holy Grail is hidden in poems by Dante and artwork by Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance painters. Full story...

Sunday, 24 February, 2008

DaneLux to head to Eurovision 2008

KAANSÄ (AP) - Europop-techno induced “This way” received the highest number of votes in the Eurovision semi-finals in Saturday night and will be Fyksland’s entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, held in Belgrade on 22 May. The song, written by Mieke Hvodlan, was performed by group DaneLux. The winner was selected from over 1.1 millions of votes tallied from SMS messages, online voting and live audience. Full story...

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