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Weekly News from Fyksland

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Monday, 17 March, 2008

Government indecisive over Kosovo: Opposition

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The Opposition hammered the government during today's parliamentary section that the government is still on the fence on the question of Kosovo. Fyksland has not make a decision to recognise the country now a month since its declaration of independence. Viske Nationalist party is pressuring the government to immediately recognise the country. Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti responded that not all members of the EU and NATO have recognised the unilateral declaration and Fyksland will announce its decision when appropriate. Hvåti added that Fyksland's participation in Kosovo in the capacity of the EU and NATO remains unchanged. Full story...

Tuesday, 18 March, 2008

Government considers plastic bag ban

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Minister of the Environment Ilsa Skronvug said the government is considering a blanket ban on plastic bags. Skronvug said the government is drafting a bill that will remove plastic bags from retail businesses by 2010. Opposition, however, would like to see other alternatives examined. Labour Party leader Hemel Kroig said the government should consult consumers and consider alternatives like a tax or recycling programme. Full story...

Wednesday, 19 March, 2008

China's territorial integrity must be respected: Prime Minister

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Prime Minister Rälin Hvåti commented to reporters that his government will monitor the situation in Tibet carefully before launching any diplomatic action. Hvåti says China must use civilised and humane force to maintain public security and stability. He hopes the situation will not escalate into further violence. Hvåti says his government maintains that Fyksland respects Chinese territorial integrity and China has the right to use necessary force to control spreading riots across western part of the country. Full story...

No monolithic encounter for Arthur C. Clarke

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Reknown science fiction author, futurist, and visionary Arthur C. Clarke has died early this morning in a hospital in his adopted home in Sri Lanka. The British expatriate is famous for writing over 100 science fiction and science publications, including 2001: A Space Odyssey in which mankind has first encountered signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. His famous quote, however, "...the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative," failed to realise upon his death. Clarke was 90 years old. Full story...

Thursday, 20 March, 2008

Bin Laden tape no music to the ears

KAANSÄ (VKK) - A video released by as-Sahab features an audio track that is reputedly of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, warns of attacks against the European Union. Osama bin Laden warns that recent republication of the Muhammad cartoons invites "more severe" actions from the group. In February, newspapers in Denmark and elsewhere in the EU republished the cartoons after Danish police arrested three men in an alleged plot to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard who first drew the cartoons in 2005 that sparked international protests and boycotts in Muslim nations. Full story...

Friday, 21 March, 2008

Fyksland opposes Taiwan UN membership

KAANSÄ (VKK) - Foreign Affairs Minister Kala Uutipalan said Friday that the government is against Taiwan's plan to hold a referndum on United Nation membership taking place tomorrow. Uutipalan said that the planned referendum on joining the UN in the name of Taiwan would be a mistake and therefore the government cannot support it. The referendum is to be held on the island country -- considered a province of China -- tomorrow inconjunction of the presidential election. The closely-watched election will have implication on economic and political ties across the strait. Full story...

Saturday, 22 March, 2008

Tibet protest reaches Kaansä

KAANSÄ (VKK) - The campaign for a free Tibet has reached Kaansä in light of unrest in Tibet and neighbouring provinces in China this week. A few dozens of protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in Kaansä today calling a stop to Chinese government's oppression in Tibet and raise human rights issues. Police has arrested a protester who have tossed red paint over the front doorsteps of the Chinese Embassy in Kaansä. Increased ethnic tensions in the Autonomous Region have forced Fyksian visitors to the region to make alternative plans. Planned protests have also casted a shadow over the upcoming Olympic Torch relay in Kaansä. Full story...

Sunday, 23 March, 2008

Fyksland's fashion secrets not so well-kept

PARIS, France (AP) - According to a column in Le Parisien, Fyksians have a sense of style that is as distinctively chic as it is overlooked. For just over a decade Fyksland has been an emerging fashion capital with surprising trends and eclectic styles. Being fashionable has its price however, as clothes are just as expensive as everything else in Fyksland. Designers are forced to be creative as chains like the Swedish H&M have not established a strong foothold in Fyksland. The lack of generic brand names have helped develop a particular Fyksian style that is both distinct and chic. Full story...

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