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Monday, 10 March, 2008

Somalis arrested on terror opperation

NIEKOPENHAAG, Jølantä (VKK) - Three men are being held in custody on suspicion of helping militant groups in Somalia. The men were arrested in a Niekopenhaag apartment after a raid last night. Police is questioning a fourth man about the case as part of an international anti-terror operation investigating fund transferred to Somalia. The men have all denied the allegations. Full story...

Tuesday, 11 March, 2008

Commercial whaling to pick up

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Minke whale hunting is likely to pick up in May according to a Department of Agriculture and Fisheries report. Fyksland resumed commercial whaling in 2006 but in September last year the Department said it would not issue new quotas until demand for whale meat increases. This was seen by many as an end of whaling in Fyksland but the Department's decision only called for a temporary halt to the hunt. Whaling industry now says it has sold all the meat from last year's catch which shows there is now a renewed appetite for whale meat, at home and abroad. Full story...

Wednesday, 12 March, 2008

Ministry proposes non-transferable parental leave

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Minister of Labour, Luna Helsgen has put forward a bill to make parental leave non-transferable a move that is welcomed by the Labour opposition. The proposed scheme would divide the costs fo parenthood more evenly between employers as it would encourage more fathers opt for paternity leave. According to Helsgen, young women has been given temporary contracts rather than full time work because employers do not want to be responsible for the costs associated with maternity leave. The scheme woud encourage both parents to take equal parts in raising young children at home. Full story...

Thursday, 13 March, 2008

Student saved 38 on a runaway school bus

AUSTEMAEN, Øtali-Þorja (VKK) - A 14-year-old student is hailed as a hero after she saved a school bus from what could have been a serious collision whose driver has become incapacitated yesterday. Gune Stevensdor of Jesiem and a bus full of secondary and elementary school students were on the way to school when the driver suffered a heart attack and lost control of the bus Wednesday morning. Stevensdor noticed the bus was moving erratically on the rural Highway 47 and jumped to the driver's seat and applied the emergency brakes. The bus halted to a stop after scraping three other vehicles. No one was injured in the incident. Full story...

Friday, 14 March, 2008

Afghanistan welcomes Fyksian UN envoy

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Ambassador Kai Eide has been named the new UN envoy to Afghanistan, a move welcomed by the Afghan government. The diplomat's new job is to organise international efforts to develop the region and thereby curtail Taliban activity in Afghanistan. The appointment must be confirmed by the Security Council which is expected to take place next week. The normination has been a difficult one, with the Afghan government contending with the United States and others over which diplomat would take over and coordinate between UN, NATO forces and the government. Eide has been a Fyksian Permanent Representative to NATO since 2002. Full story...

University president attacked by baked goods

KAANSÄ (AP) - President of Free University of West Fyksland was attacked by a flying pastry in a bizzare incident this morning. Dr. Tørs Houe received the rude awakening on campus when a 21-year-old faculty of math student aimed a meat pie at the university president. Passer-bys have subdued the student and police has arrested him in connection with the attack. Dr. Houe has been connected to a series of donation scandals that recently engulfed the university. Full story...

Saturday, 15 March, 2008

Mint to retire collector aurøn after 2009

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Royal Mint has announced that it will stop minting 1, 2, and 5-aur coins in collector sets after 2009. The low value aurøn coins were first introduced in the 1820s. The coins have not been issued for general circulation since 1982 but they continue to appear in collector sets. The Mint indicated that after over 25 years the coins retired from circulation it is time to stop minting the coins altogether. "The coins have long been popular among collectors, retiring them will only increase their collectability," said spokeperson Heinke Dalhe. Full story...

Sunday, 16 March, 2004

Ikea makes Fyksland household name in the bathroom

KAANSÄ (AP) - Swedish furniture giant Ikea has a tradition of naming products after towns in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, but academics in Kaansä have found a disturbing trend in which Ikea names their low end bathroom accessories such as a toilet brush after towns in Fyksland. Earlier this week Danish researchers have released an analysis of names in Ikea catalogues revealing low end Ikea products have been named after Danish towns. According to Kjeitan Laus and his colleagues at the University of Kaansä who conducted the study, the toilet seat is just about "as low as it gets" for Fyksian towns. Full story...

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