News From Ill Bethisad: 2001

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From the Arvorec Broadcasting Company's Internal Affairs Correspondant Paedryc Calad. Wednesday, November 28, 2001.

HAVAENEC SEPARATISTS BOMB GOVERNOR'S RESIDENCE. THE FALKLANDS - At 1600 GMT the residence of the Governor Lord Aedyn apNerthyn for the Ynyasaw Havaenec (known also as Islas Malvinas and Falkland Islands) was bombed by a device left in a carrier bag in the foyer. As of yet, no group has claimed responsibilty for this act, although the YHR (Ynysaw Havaenec Ryth) are suspected by sources to be the culprits.

The YHR have been relatively quiet over the past five years, since the imprisonment of their leader, Taraen apEbonann in August 1996. The recommencement of these activites is worrying at this time, yet Senate spokesmen have not yet commented, save to reassure the public that Lord apNerthyn was not harmed in the bombing. [DJ]


APD Eurodesk Press Release, Friday September 21, 2001

Raguza, Sep. 21 (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl condemned the attacks in Philadelphia and New Castreleon in the harshest terms on state radio yesterday. He also said that the whole of the Dalmatian nation stands by the people of the Solemn League and Covenant, and that Dalmatia is prepared to assist the SLC in any manner needed, including military support in case it is discovered that the "evil and despicable" acts of terrorism were sponsored by a state. Sources inside the Dalmatian Defence Ministry, on condition of anonymity, suggested that it is possible that the government of the Islamic Republic of Sanjak might be involved.


BBC News Flash, New Castreleon SLC, Friday September 14, 2001

NEW CASTRELEON, SLC, Sep. 6 (BBC) - Reaction to the attacks just a few days ago on the Solemn League and Covenant has been pouring in from world leaders thick and fast. Prince Charles of England has taken a boat to the SLC to offer his support and sympathy from the people of the FK, and King Gereint XIII ffeil Padern, ill Terruin, has expressed that Kemr and the Solemn League and Covenant will stand "side by side" in the coming days.

The attacks took place on Tuesday, when several dirigibles were hijacked by persons unknown shortly after leaving Boston aerodrome. They were all flights bound for Montrei. The two towers of the World Commerce Centre in New Castreleon were both hit, when two hydrogen filled dirigibles were deliberately exploded and simlutaneously crashed into the towers. Another was deliberately crashed into one wing of the Pentacle, the five-pointed building that serves as a military command centre for the SLC, just outside Philadelphia, and a fourth crashed into woodland as it headed for the government buildings in Philadelphia. The buildings in New Castreleon later collapsed, and the death toll is expected to be in the thousands.

Speculation continues as to who was behind the attacks, as rescue attempts to free people trapped under the rubble and investigations continue. Further questions are being asked about security at aerodromes, and how such vehicles, travelling at such slow speeds, could have brought on such terrible events. [DML]


BBC News Release, Kemr, Monday August 6, 2001

ESCA, KEMR Aug. 6 (BBC) - One hundred and twenty two years of controversy within the Province of Dûnein come to an end this week with the abolition of the Dumnonian Language Boards made official by Act of the Tinners Senate this morning. The controversy began in 1879 when the Tinners Senate overthrew the "Tyrrany of the Brithenig Language" in the Province; and made the various languages and dialects of the Province legal for all uses except in the Church, where Latin has always and still does hold sway, and in Court, where the usual language is Brithenig and Latin is still in wide, though declining use. By 1881, no fewer than six regional Language Boards were in operation, charged with "stabilising the state of the spoken language of Dûnein and formulating a Standard language which may be spoken, written and read by any Dumnonian person." Unfortunately for the Boards and indeed for the Kerno language, they were never able stabilise the language and very quickly fell to arguing amongst themselves over issues of orthography and which letters to allow in the alphabet. Some of the stongest arguments arose over what might be considered trivial minutia. A Durow newspaper reported in 1886 that the membership of one Language Board - consisting of elderly philology professors - came to blows over whether or not the letter "thorn" (þ), which had long been used in some regions of Durow, should be admitted to the new Standard alphabet.

The debates have raged ever since; though have usually become more substantial. The more recent discussions have centered on whether to continue using the traditional written form of Kerno, or the current mode of speech as is now heard spoken by the populace of the Province. The usual arguments in favour of the traditional form are stability despite the changes that happen in spoken language, long tradition of use and a considerable literature built up. Arguments in favour of the current mode center on the fact that no one can understand the traditional form without much study and that the literacy rate should climb out of the gutter and more or less match the northerm Kemrese averages.

The Act signed into law this morning follows an address made by the High King last week in which he stressed the need for concluding the never ending language debates. The law stipulates the abolishment of all existing Language Boards and Language Associations; bans the future formation of official language bureaux; and once and for all establishes a Provincial standard. This new Standard consists of the spoken dialect centered at Esca combined with the written orthography proposed by University of Glastein in the mid 1980s. Dr. S. la Cafurn or St. Perran's Univerity, Trurow, one of the Province's leading experts of literature and language supports the decision, citing the need for a "single standard language grounded amongst many local varieties", which in the opinion of many linguists throughout the Province is the only way to combat the spread of Brithenig on its westward march through the Province. [PB]


BBC Wednesday, July 18, 2001

CASTRELEON - Riots broke out in Castreleon this weekend, and sit-down protests being held held outside the Tibetan and Taiwanese Embassies in Scotland, England and Kemr are still continuing. This following the announcement of the Olympic Committee to allow Lhasa to host the Olympic Games in 2008. Protesters say that Human Rights are the main issue in this protest, and some are reportedly on hunger strike.

Tibet and Taiwan, which have jointly controlled and occupied Mainland China since the defeat of the Communist forces in 1949, state that Human Rights is not an issue as it is an internal matter. The exiled leader of Tibet, the 16th Dalai Lama, who is recognised by many as the true leader of Tibet, thus denying the puppet leader, Qi Siba, installed by Taiwan, has expressed a wish for peace and calm, and hopes to begin negotiations for peace in the region.

The Government in Castreleon has yet to comment. [DML]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Wednesday, May 30, 2001

TRAPCZA, DALMATIA (APD) - In a surprise move, several divisions of the Sanjak army poured across the Dalmato-Sanjak border into the province of Dardania in the early hours of yesterday morning, advancing in some places close to 19 miles before units of the Dalmatian army could make contact with lead elements of the Sanjak forces. The invader completely overran the towns of Beczanu, Kampa da Miarle and Vusztra, but our troops were able to solidify the front one mile southwest of Trapcza, an important mining town in Dardania province. In immediate retaliation, the Dalmatian Air Force launched 20 medium-range rockets at various targets inside Sanjak. Fortunately the Dalmatian Armed Forces had already been fully mobilised not long ago. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Wednesday, May 23, 2001

CZIETA DA NARUL, DALMATIA (APD) - An enormous conflagration erupted at the Dalmanaft petroleum refinery near Czieta da Narul yesterday morning, and by evening more than three quarters of the facility was ablaze. The refinery's own fire brigade was joined by local fire brigades as well as brigades from towns as far away as Yablanica. Army firefighters and citizen volunteers joined in as well, adding up to over 500 people engaged in trying to control the blaze. Desite their valiant efforts the fire continued to rage well into today. With the storage tanks mostly consumed, the fire began to die down, especially after the supply pipes feeding raw oil to the facility were shut off. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze. Investigators declined to speculate. One investigator, though, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the blaze is being viewed as suspicious.


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Wednesday, May 23, 2001

TIRANA, ALBANIA (APD) - Dalmatian Prime Minister Aurial Ybl arrived here today for an emergency meeting with Albanian President Isa Zogu to discuss the purchase of large quantities of petroleum products from Albania's refinery at Ballsh to relieve the strain created by the destruction of Dalmatia's largest refinery near Czieta da Narul. While Dalmatia maintains strategic reserves of petroleum products to support the country for an extended period of time, Ybl said that it would nevertheless be a more prudent course of action to import fuel and other distillates of petroleum than to deplete the strategic reserves.


APC News Release, Tuesday, May 15, 2001

CARTAGENA, CARTAGENA (APC) - Foreign Affairs Minister Lemaitre has pointed out to President Jaime Bush of Florida-Caribbea that the humanitarian aid which Cartagena has been sending to Ha‹ti is not intended as an act of provocation against Florida-Caribbea. Lemaitre also pointed out that the policy of the Bolivarian Commercial Organisation (BCO) is one of neutrality during a hot conflict. In the mean time, however, Haiti is recognised as a sovereign nation that has not caused any provocation justifying Florida-Caribbea's blockade. Lemaitre also suggested that the commerce between Cartagena and Alta California is not part of any conspiracy against the Bush brothers. Rather, it can be pointed out that Cartagena's commerce with Tejas and Florida-Caribbea has not been suspended. [CT]


Reuters News Release, Tuesday, May 15, 2001

MAY 15 (Reuters) - The comedy and linguistics team of Joe Greenberg and Doug Adams is no more. Greenberg, 85, died a week ago of cancer; Adams, 49, on Friday of an unexpected heart attack.

They were best known for their masterwork "Hitchhiker's Guide to the World's Languages", which followed the fictionalized adventures of a group of planet-hopping travelers, joined by a British everyman named Arthur Dent. A biting satire of technology, politics, bureaucracy, and the multiple origins hypothesis, the book sold nearly 14 million copies around the world.

An earlier work, "Life, the Universe, and Africa", was the subject of furious controversy at first, with its partition of all African languages into four giant families, but is now generally accepted by scholars in the field. Greenberg's solo work "Dirk Gently, Linguistic Typologist" is said to be one of the most cited works in comic linguistics. [JC]


Omnipresse News Release, Sunday, May 13, 2001

COPPENHAGEN (Omnipresse) - The winner of the 2001 edition of the Eurovidere song contest is Halb-Korv, a group from the province of Viru in the Baltic League.

The contest, transmited by wireless worldwide, grouped together contestants from 23 European states who each performed an original song. Every participating country then voted for its 10 favorite songs, though without being able to vote for its own countrymen. The winner received a monetary reward and the honour of having its home country be the next one to host the event.

This year's line-up has been criticized by many artists, since sixteen of the contestants performed in Brithenig, six in related British dialects and only one in its native language. Critics attribute this to the disproportionate popularity of Kemrese culture in the modern world. [FGV]


BBC Press Release, North American Bureau, Sunday, May 13, 2001 [Dan Pollock and Jill Lawless, Staff Writers]

MONTREI, MONTREI (BBC) - Acclaimed English author, Douglas Adams, whose cult science fiction comedy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" drew millions of fans, has died at the age of 49.

The Englishborn Adams died Friday of a heart attack in Montrei, a family friend, Elizabeth Gibson, said Saturday. She said Adams collapsed taking exercise in a local gym.

"He was not ill," Gibson said. "This was completely unexpected."

The "Hitchhiker's Guide", which began as a British Broadcasting Corporation radio serial in 1978, is a satirical adventure about a group of interplanetary travelers. It opens with the Earth being destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway.

It was in turn made into a book, selling 14 million copies worldwide, and later into a television series.

"Hitchhiker's Guide" was followed by several sequels, including "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", "Life, the Universe and Everything" and "So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish".

Geoffrey Perkins, the BBC's head of comedy, called Adams "absolutely one of the most creative geniuses to ever work in radio comedy". "He probably wrote one of the greatest radio comedy serials ever, certainly the most imaginative", he added.

Born in Cambridge in 1952 and educated at Cambridge University, Adams began his career as a writer and script editor at the BBC.

Adams is survived by his wife Jane Belson, his daughter, Polly and his mother, Jan Thrift who resides in Cambridge. [PB]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Sunday, May 13, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl has accepted the Helvetian apology, which acknowledges that Dalmatia was not in fact responsible for the assassination of the Royal Family. Ybl reportedly "welcome[s] the positive changes" taking place in Helvetia at this time. He said that he is looking forward to meeting with the new Helvetian chief of state after the upcomming elections, and to working together with Helvetia in building a strong democratic system there.


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Sunday, May 13, 2001

MITROVICA, DALMATIA (APD) - Artillery fire from Sanjak landed in this Dalmatian border town late last night, damaging the city's combined rail and bus station and a small greengrocer's shop next to it. It is not yet certain whether the barrage was a deliberate attack against Dalmatia or if the shelling was meant for ethnic Serb rebels operating in the area. Prime Minister Ybl has asked Sanjak to confirm the status of this incident. As a precaution, however, the 17th Mountain Infantry Brigade and the 112th and 178th Motor Rifle Regiments were rushed to the area.


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Sunday, May 13, 2001

PONTUL AF SANAYA, DALMATIA (APD) The second leg of the Dalmatian football championship finals was played at this central Dalmatian town on Friday, which saw the home side, Sansku FK, lose to Biafiar Anxiara 0:3. The first leg, played at Anxiara, ended in a 1:1 draw, thus Anxiara won the championship 4:1 on aggregate.


Ageintz de Nötzech de Jelbätz via Llo Themp, Castreleon, Saturday, May 12, 2001 - Pfeter Santz Johan, Political Correspondant.

HELVETIAN REBEL LEADER PRESIDENT - WÄREN, HELVETIA

In a landslide victory Johann Elchäsch, who leads the Partzetz den Livertzatzen den Jelbätzen, was recently elected president in the first free elections since King Geröntz dissolved the Schanatz in 2000. Elchäsch vows that he will guide the country into a new age of prosperity and tolerance. He has also sworn that he will find former General Delföntz, leader of the abortive military junta who disappeared last year.[DJ]


Ageintz de Nötzech de Jelbätz via Llo Themp, Castreleon, Saturday, May 12, 2001 [Pfeter Santz Johan, Political Correspondant]

AWEINTZ, HELVETIA (ANJ) - REVOLUTION IN HELVETIA - "La revolutzon pfoplär a wecht! Nonch se a besn den rätzonen, kalmen e wigilentzen en dafjandan la livertzatz e eil wal”r natzonäl!" is the cry heard in Aweintz this morning, and indeed across the country as revolutionaries proclaim their victory: 'The popular revolution has triumphed! Now we need reason, calm and vigilence in defending national freedom and values!'

At 0800 hours EMZ today the people of Aweintz, in the W„litz province of Helvetia, were driven by the suffering under Delf”ntz's totalitarian r‚gime to take to the streets in protest. General Delf”ntz immediately dispatched the Third Infantry Regiment to the historic city and many innocent civillians were shot dead. When news of the deaths reached the other large cities, Raurech, Luzern, Kasteln”w, Kastelalb and Waren, protests began there against Delf”ntz and his ecclesiastical crony Cardinal Paul of Waren. Hand-to-hand fighting was taking place in the streets of virtually all Helvetian towns.

In many areas, the army defected to the side of the revolutionaries, and only the élite Guard were left defending the General and the Cardinal. In Waren, the Royal Palace was attacked by protestors, and Delf”ntz escaped by helicopter. His current whereabouts are unknown.

The crowd refused to enter the Cathedral of Santz Maria in Waren, and called for Cardinal Paul to show himself. After an hour Bishop Karl Genawesch of Kompflentz appeared, with the Cardinal handcuffed to him. Cardinal Paul is now under house arrest.

At 2100 hours EMZ the PLJ (Partzetz den Livertzatzen den Jelb„tzen - the reformist party, which was banned by Ger”ntz after the last election in 2000) occupied the KTJ television studios in Waren and declared itself the provisional government of Helvetia, with parliamentary elections scheduled for a fortnight's time.

The closure on Sunday of all non-Catholic churches, along with bars, nightclubs, sports venues, theatres and the imposition of a curfew seems to have been the last straw in a history of Helvetian dissatisfaction which must date back to the ascension of King Ger”ntz in 1995. The repeal of the Minimum Wage Act, and mass unemployment as a result of the late King's policies have brewed dissatisfaction for many years. The parliament was nothing more than an advisory body to the king, who made all executive decisions. When the people tried to make their dissatisfaction heard by electing the PLJ to the parliament with an overwhelming majority, King Ger”ntz banned the (admittedly anti-monarchist) party and refused to consent to the parliament.

Public suspicion has been that Delf”ntz himself had Ger”ntz assassinated and was plotting to make Helvetia a military dictatorship. Ger”ntz's father had reportedly promised Delf”ntz that after his death a constitutional monarchy would be implemented, with the King, the Military and Parliament being equal partners. When this did not happen, relations between Delf”ntz and Ger”ntz deteriorated rapidly, leading to the General's attempt to grab power for himself. To conceal his involvement in the coup, Delf”ntz blamed a convenient scapegoat- the Dalmatians.

The Provisional Gorvernment of Helvetia extends its most sincere apologies to the Dalmatian government for the actions of General Delf”ntz, and hopes for mutual friendship and aid during the difficult processs of Helvetia's becoming a modern democracy. [DJ]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

GORAJDA, DALMATIA (APD) - A group of 17 ethnic Serbs left this small central Dalmatian town headed for Montrei in western North America after a 35 minute advertisement was aired on TV-Gorajda. Zoran Dabicz, an ethnic Serb orthodontist from Gorajda and the organiser of the group, said that they see this as a great opportunity to build a new, peaceful life away from the troubles of Dalmatia.

Meanwhile, the special commission set up by local police to determine who is responsible for the advertisement issued a statement today regarding their findings. Sgt. Florian Roja, spokesman for the commission, said that the name on the contract, Vuk Bundalo, belongs to a now-dead ethnic Serb child who died in 1974 at the age of ten months. Based on the physical description given by the agent of TV-Gorajda who set the deal up, Gorajda police have arrested a 26 year old ethinc Dalmatian man. Oraciu Filipesku of Mexhexha, a village near Gorajda, was taken into custody late last night and police plan to charge him with violating several points of Paragraph 17 of the Constitution of the Republic of Dalmatia, which is the section dealing with interethnic relations. One of the points which Filipesku is charged with violating is point 3, which prohibits incitement of any form of ethnic cleansing. Sgt. Roja said that this advertisement incites a "reverse ethnic cleansing" in which Serbs leave Gorajda of their own accord. If convicted, Filipesku could face the death penalty, which is the strongest punishment meted for constitutional crimes; however the worst punishment meted for such a crime in many years was a sentence of 70 years at hard labour. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - The State Enterprises Department of the Ministry of Finance and Commerce announced today that they are looking for domestic or foreign investors to purchase several state-owned firms as part of the new Social Credit government's economic rationalisation plan, which includes privatisation of many public companies. One conditional of the privatisation of these public companies is that the purchaser must continue to operate the firms in question employing Dalmatian workers; they may however improve efficiency by laying off some workers if necessary. The companies in question are Dalmapetrol, which is the subsidiary of the Dalmatian Petroleum Corporation (Dalmanaft) which operates petrol stations throughout the country as well as in Albania; Dalmaton, the state-owned record label; Dalmatrans, the container shipping company and Dalmauto, which operates lorries and long-distance passenger busses in the country. PTT Dalmatia is to be partially privatised: the company has been separated into two units, Telekom Dalmatia, which is to be privatised, and the Post Office, which is to remain a state company. Biafiaruri da Dalmatia, the national railway company, was listed on the Raguza Stock Exchange, with the state holding all shares. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

CZIETA DA SARAY, DALMATIA (APD) - The bus and tram drivers' strike in this city of 130,000 entered its 60th day this morning with no end in sight. Union spokesman Skender Xhafer said the latest contract offer made by the city's public transit company, Kompania da Fekerul da Czietaya da Saray (KFCzS), is insulting, and refused outright to put the offer to a vote by the members of the union. Xhafer said that the union is asking for pay raises of 6%, 5% and 5% over the next three years, but that the main sticking point is the company's desire to hire part-time workers. KFCzS spokeswoman Marima Salajxhicz said that the offer of 4%, 4% and 5% pay increases over the next three years is the best that the company can do, and said that part-time workers are important, as they would save the company a great deal of money. She said that part-time drivers would be employed on those bus routes which have eight or less round trips a day on lines which are not heavily travelled but socially necessary and that the money saved by the employment of part-timers would be used for much-needed repairs to the main bus and tram loop on Musala Boulevard near the City Hall. [FGV]


Agença pora la Aubixara Naçonau, International Bureau, News Release, Tuesday, May 8, 2001

MONTREI, MONTREI - (AAN) - MYSTERIOUS "ADVERTISEMENT" APPEARS IN GORAJDA, DALMATIA - AAN, the national news agency of Montrei remains baffled as to who is sending "advertisements" to the town of Gorajda in Dalmatia.

The 35 minute long presentation was shown today at a news conference for Montreiano, as well as foreign journalists. The video was obtained by the head of the international bureau of the national news agency. The video features views from all over Montrei, as well as notable landmarks, and scenes from village, town, and city life in Montrei. A translator was on hand to translate the narration, which makes a special point to mention Montreianos do not hate foreigners or minorities and that "even Serbs are tolerated here".

It is not known who produced and distributed this video to TV-Gorajda, but some speculate that the tape may have been made by a group of Serbian immigrants who live in and around Auvarao Street in the Las Paumas quarter of the capital.

The immigration and naturalization agency of Montrei expects more Serbian immigrants to arrive in Montrei due to this "advertisement".

While acquiring citizenship in Montrei is considered a fairly simple process, there are still laws regarding illegal immigration. Officals warn, that any Dalmatian Citizens entering the country without the proper papers will be detained and sent back to Dalmatia. [BG]


Interbalkpress News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Budapest Hungary, Monday, May 7, 2001

GORAJDA, DALMATIA (IBP) - A 35-minute long television "advertisement" is being regularly aired in the southern Dalmatian town of Gorajda in which the majority of the population are ethnic Serbs. The advert opens with beautiful panoramic scenes of Montrei, a country in western North America, after which scenes of pleasant Montreiano life are shown. This takes up most of the programme's time, which closes with an announcer saying that this is a country where the people don't hate minorities and foreigners. "Even Serbs are tolerated here", the announcer's voice says. It is fairly certain that this program does not come from any official Montreiano source, but nobody at TV-Gorajda seems to know where it is from, apart from the name on the contract to air the segment. [FGV]


Sandzacka Novinska Agencija News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Saturday, May 5, 2001

NOVI PAZAR, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF SANJAK (SNA) - The Speech of Ajatallah Mustafa Izetbegovic, given at the Square of the Martyrs, Novi Pazar, on occasion of the Day of Independence:

"In the Name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful. Defender of the people of Sanjak and our Islamic brothers. Today is the day which marks the anniversary of our independence. The day on which the heroic sons and daughters of our great nation, the children of Allah, could finally celebrate their liberation from the infidel yoke, from the oppressive hands of Serbs, Dalmatians and Austrians that have strangled and enslaved our people over the centuries. On this day, we celebrate the martyrs of our Holy War of Liberation, the heroic warriors who gave their lives for our freedom. Glory to them! They are all at the side of Allah in paradise now, served by the Serb swine that they destroyed in battle.

"But our celebration cannot be completely joyous, as infidels are once again threatening our peace. In the north, the snake that is the Kingdom of Serbia is infiltrating their mercernaries into our land, attacking our brothers, raping our sisters, wives, and mothers, abducting our children. They are trying to steal our holy land! But they will be stopped! By the will of Allah, we will destroy the Serbs!

"The Dalmatian infidels have made it abundantly clear to us whose side they have taken. While in public they say they are neutral, over the last three days their soldiers have crossed our borders and attacked units of our Holy Army in support of the Serb swine. They have mobilised their armed forces and are preparing to attack this great land. But the Dalmatian dogs do not realise, brothers and sisters, that their cause is doomed to fail for it is unjust. But remember the word of Allah as it is recorded in the Holy Quran, in the Sura of the Spoils: 'when the unbelievers plotted against you, to kill you or to hold you prisoner, they plotted well. But God plotted too, and God is the best of plotters.' To the infidels I say, come! Attack us, and see the power of the wrath of Allah, which He will unleash upon you embodied in the heroic soldiers of our Holy Army. Come to your destruction at the hands of the just! Allahu Akbar! [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Saturday, May 5, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Foreign Affairs Minister Radu Lupul laughed aloud at a press conference in which it was announced that Helvetian authorities claimed that the note found with the corpses of the Helvetian royal family was written by a Dalmatian. The note read "halvacianei esmeren slugayea da nos!" Several irregularities were pointed out by the Minister of Culture, Eliza Lupeska. Firstly, the term for "Helvetians" is incorrect, as that would be "helvecinei". Secondly, "slugayea" is incorrect not only because it is dialectal, but because it would be written as "sluxheyea" if written in the northern dialect which uses "yea" to mark the feminine definite plural. In the standardised writing system used throughout Dalmatia the phrase would be rendered as "Helvecinei esmeren sluxhele da nos", Minister Lupeska pointed out. Minister Lupul then said that it would "defy any form of logic ever invented or to be invented" for Dalmatia to antagonise Helvetia at this time, when the civil war in Sanjak is threatening to spill over into Dalmatia. [FGV]


La Agença pora la Aubixara Naçonau news release, Saturday, May 5, 2001

MONTREI, MONTREI (AAN) - NEWLY APPOINTED TEJAS AMBASSADOR VISITS MONTREI - The newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Tejas, Antonio Cuevas, visited the capital of Montrei today in order to assure the Montreiano government and People that Tejas does not intend to turn Montreianos more towards favour of Tejas and away from that of Alta California.

Ambassador Cuevas said: "We intend to respect Montrei's commitment to neutrality in the conflict between that of Alta California and Tejas. My visit is simply a gesture of goodwill between our countries."

Critics claim that the entire trip is indeed a move by the Tejan government to curry more favour among the Montreiano people. Political analyst Jo n De La Fonts, a noted critic of the government of Tejas said: "I believe that this first visit by Ambassador Cuevas is intended to sway the views of the people into believing that Tejas is not about gaining more favour among the people. This is a clandestine move on Tejas' part. Especially since they've had a rash of fighting and land grabs in the disputed territory and also along their borders with Alta California, and need all the support they can get."

However, public opinion shows that most Montreianos favour neutrality in the conflict. Some outspoken citzens believe that Montrei should support Alta California, while most believe that it would be a poor move internally and internationally to support military operations intended to help the Alta Californians with conflicts along their borders with Tejas. [BG]


La Agença pora la Aubixara Naçonau news release, Saturday, May 5, 2001

SAN MIGUEU Forest, MONTREI (ANN) - MISSING BODIES FOUND - The remains of ten missing persons, believed to have been abductees, were found today in a small deteriorating house deep within the heart of the San Migueu Forest Thursday. It is believed to be the work of a previously unknown serial killer.

Police have begun investigating the house and the area surrounding the house to find clues as to who may be responsible. Police say that no one lives in the house, only that it was used for disposal of the bodies. The residence was a former hunting lodge for local hunters, but had long since been abandoned.

All ten bodies were in various stages of decomposition; the newest is believed to be several weeks old, the oldest, several years. Authorities will begin the task of finding out who the victims were Saturday, through dental records, or the newly introduced procedure of DNA testing. [BG]


La Agença pora la Aubixara Naçonau news release, via BBC, Saturday, May 5, 2001

ARENA, MONTREI (AAN) - NATIONAL ARBORETUM RECIEVES GRANT - The National Arboretum received a grant of 10.000.000 aulóns, or nearly œ600.000, today from the "Organiza‡¢n Na‡onau pora la Conservaçón de Arbous Nativas" (ONCAN, National Organization for the Conservation of Native Trees). ONCAN is devoted to preserving and cultivating the various native tree species that grow around the nation.

The grant, according to the arboretum's director is intended to renovate the more neglected native tree section of the Arboretum. Due to funding cuts three years ago, the native plant section of the arboretum had been partially neglected, and had declined over the past few years. With this grant, the arboretum can clean up and improve the native plant area of the arboretum, and restore it to its original beauty (it was deemed "Most beautiful native plant collection" by the Native Plant Society of Montrei ten years ago).

Also, the arboretum will be able to replace dead or diseased trees, plant new ones, weed, cultivate, and replant the native plant beds, and restore paths and pergolas which had been damaged due to weathering as well as storm damage from last year's El Ni¤o winter storms.

The arboretum hopes to rennovate and reopen the garden to the public by May of 2003. [BG]


Ageintz de N”tzech de Jelb„tz via Llo Themp, Castreleon, Saturday, May 5, 2001 [Pfeter Santz Johan, Political Correspondant]

WAREN, HELVETIA (ANJ) - BODIES OF THE ROYAL FAMILY FOUND - The bodies of the Helvetian Royal Family have been found in L„rgotz Forest, outside Waren. The bodies of Queen Beatritz, Queen Mother Adela, Princess Z„vitz, Crown Prince Zachetz and the five-year old Prince Frederich were found in a shallow common grave, having been shot in the back of their heads. A note was found on the corpse of Crown Prince Zachetz reading "halvacianei esmeren slugayea da nos!". In light of this obvious Dalmatian taunt, the gracious and wise General Delfontz has severed all diplomatic relations with Dalmatia.

The state funerals of the Royal Family will be held in the Santz Maria Cathedral in Waren on Sunday. [DJ]


Ageintz de N”tzech de Jelb„tz via Llo Themp, Castreleon, Saturday, May 5, 2001 [Pfeter Santz Lukas, Home Affairs Correspondant]

KASTELN™W, HELVETIA (ANJ) - CIVIL UNREST IN KASTELN™W - Earlier today the Fourth Tank Division was dispatched to Kasteln”w, an industrial centre on the border with Gaul, after rioting broke out in the city's main square. Mayor Kolbentz and Lieutenant-Marshal Albrech Marschalch were conducting the public handover of civic to military authority when the crowd disrupted the ceremony. PDL activists are suspected of instigating the disruption. [DJ]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Friday May 4, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Cardinal Biszencu Franseskicz, the head of the Catholic Church in Dalmatia, has formally requested Cardinal Paul of Waren, the Helvetian prelate, to distance himself from the intirim military government of Helvetia in the interests of the unity of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Biszencu also called for the unity of all Dalmatians of all faiths in these difficult times, a call echoed by Metropolitan Miroslav Kersticz, head of the Orthodox Church in Dalmatia. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Friday May 4, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Foreign Affairs Minister Radu Lupul sent a formal letter of protest this week to Fikret Hadzibegovic, his counterpart in the Islamic Republic of Sanjak, after units of the "Holy" Army of Sanjak entered Dalmatian territory for the third straight day; and in each case, units of the Dalmatian Border Police engaged the Sanjak troops. Two Dalmatian policemen were killed and three injured in the clashes, which also saw seven Sanjak soldiers killed, according to a source in the Ministry of Defence. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Friday May 4, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Defence Minister Serxhan Yonesku announced the following policies after a 22-1 vote in Parliament, which will take effect immediately:

- The Air Force has been placed at +15 alert. All regular Air Force personnel on leave are to return at once to their bases;

- The Army has been placed at full alert. All regular Army personnel on leave are to return to their cantonments;

- Full mobilisation of the Army's Category 1A reserves. All 1A reservists are to report to their units within 12 hours of the issuance of this notice;

- Full mobilisation of the reserves of the Internal Security Forces. All Category 1A, 1B, 2 and 3 reservists are to report to their units within 24 hours;

- The Army's Category 1B reserves have been placed at 48-hour alert. All Category 1B reservists are to prepare to report to their units within 48 hours if a full mobilisation is called. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Friday May 4, 2001

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl, along with Hungarian President Istvan Eszterhazy and Muntenian Chancellor Gheorghe Raducioiu have ratified a framework for the establishment of a mutual defence treaty between the three countries. No specifics have been released as of yet, but Prime Minister Ybl said that this is an "important step in bringing stability to the Balkans". The three leaders have jointly sent invitations to Bulgarian President Yordan Hristov, Croatian Premier Tomislav Stanicic and Slovak Prime Minister Lubomir Repa to attend the second round of talks. [FGV]


Il Journals article via Il Giornale, Milan, Friday, May 4, 2001

VATICAN CITY - The recent political crisis in Central Europe between the Kingdom of Helvetia and the Republic of Dalmatia has been a cause for great concern in the Vatican. J. Navarro-Valls, the Vatican's spokesman, has not yet issued any official statement, but sources report that he has expressed concern over General August Delf”ntz's overtures to Cardinal Paul of Waren, stating that the move is "highly irregular" and that the Vatican has not been officially contacted in this matter.

The extraordinary consistory to be held later this month at the Vatican, to which all 183 members of the College of Cardinals will be summoned by the Roman Catholic Pope, John Paul II, will undoubtedly now include sessions on this crisis; as well as the planned agenda dealing with such issues as the future role of the Papacy, relations with the Orthodox Church, renewing the Church's understanding of the Mass and the continuing Le Febrist schism, which the current Pontiff very much desires to heal. It is suspected that what Cardinal Paul of Waren has to say will be of special interest. [PB]


Arvorec Broadcasting Corporation News Release, Friday, May 4, 2001 [Trevec'h ap Peder, Central Europe Correspondant]

WAREN, HELVETIA (ABC) - HELVETIAN GENERAL DEFIANT - The interim military ruler of Helvetia, General August Delf”ntz has issued a statement indicating defiance in the face of what military spokesmen have called "thinly veiled Dalmatian threats". He utterly refutes any suggestion that Helvetia is a "theocratic despotism", and has insisted that Prime Minister Aurial Ybl retract his statement immediately. [DJ]


Ageintz de N”tzech de Jelb„tz News Release, Friday, May 4, 2001 [Pfeter Santz Lukas, Home Affairs Correspondant]

WAREN, HELVETIA (ANJ) - DELF™NTZ CALLS FOR CLOSER TIES BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE - General Delf”ntz has today met with Cardinal Paul of Waren, in order to discuss closer cooperation between the Catholic Church in Helvetia and the interim military government in wake of the tragic assassination of His Royal Highness King Ger”ntz by Dalmatian terrorists.

Among things discussed were the repeal of tax exemption for all non-Catholic churches in Helvetia and the passing of ordinances for the protection of public morals, such as the closure of birth-control clinics. [DJ]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC, Thursday, May 3, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl has expressed concern over the motives of the Helvetian authorities in trying to foment a crisis between Dalmatia and Helvetia, especially at such a critical time as this, when, according to Ybl, "Islamic militance in Sanjak is in a position to threaten Christian Europe". He also said that, initially, he did not specifically mean that Helvetia is a "theocratic despotism" as Helvetian dictator General August Delfontz accused; but after hearing about the General's calls for closer ties between the Catholic Church and the Helvetian state, he said he can find "no alternative" but to make his previous generic statement apply specifically to Helvetia. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Wednesday May 2, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl expressed his outrage at the accusations made by Helvetian authorities that a Dalmatian citizen was responsible for the assassination of Helvetian King Geronts II and has demanded an immediate apology from the Helvetian government. Ybl said that he believed this was "a disgusting attempt" at trying to destroy the prestige of the Republic of Dalmatia in the eyes of peoples oppressed by monarchical and theocratic rule. Prime Minister Ybl also said that he has requested a meeting with General August Delfontz, who is head of the interim military government of Helvetia, as soon as possible, in order to resolve this difficulty as expeditiously as possible and to return to the previous calm and peaceful state of relations between the two countries.


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via London Times, Wednesday May 2, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Dalmatian Border Police troops arrested three armed Serbian guerrillas just inside the Dalmatian border with Sanjak after a brief exchange of machine-gun fire in which one Serb was killed and two were injured, according to Dalmatian Minister of Internal Affairs Marczelu Szeymesz. None of the members of the Border Police patrol were injured in the action, the first of its kind since open fighting broke out between government troops of the Islamic Republic of Sanjak and ethnic Serb guerrillas. Dalmatia has made its neutrality in this conflict quite clear and has also emphasised that any armed units entering the territory of Dalmatia will be dealt with accordingly. Minister Szeymesz also announced partial mobilisation of Category 1A reserve units of the Internal Security Forces, of which the Border Police are a special branch. Defence Minister Serxhan Yonesku said that there is no need to mobilise any regular forces, and that this partial mobilisation of the ISF will be more than sufficient to ensure the integrity of the Dalmatian border with Sanjak.


Arvorec Broadcasting Corporation News Release, May Day, Tuesday May 1, 2001 [Trevec'h ap Peder, Central Europe Correspondant]

LANDREWAN, CEYSER (ABC) - HELVETIAN KING ASSASSINATED - At 1900 hours GMT on Monday King Ger”ntz II of Helvetia was assassinated while giving his traditional May Eve speech. His Majesty did not even get past greeting the people assembled in the King R”tzer Square when a shot was fired from the crowd. Although the gunman has not been caught, it is assumed that he was a Dalmatian terrorrist. Diplomatic relations with the Republic of Dalmatia have been terminated due to public outrage.

Because of the King's refusal to give Royal Sanction to the Helvetian parliament, the Army has assumed temporary control of the country. General August Delf”ntz has assured world leaders that this solution is strictly temporary, and power will be handed to a provisional government as soon as is feasible.

The whereabouts of the rest of the Royal Family are unknown, it is known that they were intending to spend the week skiing at Santz Trofetz to celebrate the birthday of Crown Prince Z„chetz. The Airforce are in the process of looking for the deceased king's immediate family with the utmost urgency. [DJ]


Arvorec Broadcasting Corporation News Release, May Day, Tuesday May 1, 2001 [Marya verc'h Aedyn, Home Correspondant]

LANDREWAN, CEYSER (ABC) - BABY BURNED TO DEATH - Monday's Belthaen fires are supposed to have been a signal for hope and rejoicing that spring has returned. For the unfortunate apDubenn family of Landrewan, Ceyser, the joyous spring festival turned into disaster. Unbeknownst to the family, their Belthaen bonfire seemed like a cosy wendy-house to toddler Budhec. Assuming the babe was in her playroom, at sundown the family lit the bonfire. When Mrs apDubenn went to check on baby Budhec, she discovered that her cot was empty and alerted the family. They searched the garden for the baby, not knowing that their festive bonfire was in fact the babe's pyre.

The family are said to be inconsolable by neighbors - indeed, the tradgedy has deeply affected the entire community. [DJ]


Arvorec Broadcasting Corporation News Release, May Day, Tuesday May 1, 2001 [Althen ap Marc'h, Religion Correspondant]

LANDREWAN, CEYSER (ABC) - HIGH PRIEST DENIES INCITING XENOPHOBIA - The High Priest of the Holy Cenethelyon Rite, the established Pagan church of the country, His Holiness Talc'han XII has denied the truth of a statement which was leaked to the Cambrian tabloid Ill Sul. The statement, allegedly a transcript of a conversation between His Holiness and an aide, calls all Cambrians "thick barbarians who think that just because their ancestors used to speak Latin they're better than us". His Holiness has denied the statement and reassured British members of the Holy Cenethelyon Rite that they are valued members of the church.

The High Priest asserts that the transcript is a forgery which sets out to discredit him and disprove the unity of the British peoples. Therefore he blames an unknown English party for publishing this "scandalous rubbish".


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Tuesday 24 April, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - Prime Minister Aurial Ybl condemned the arrest of fifty journalists by the gendarmerie of Nouvelle-France at the Monarchist Leage summit this week, saying this was "clearly an act against the dissemination of the truth". He also voiced the support and solidarity of the people of Dalmatia with the Laurentian Party. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Tuesday 24 April, 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA (APD) - The first passenger train to cross the Dalmato-Croatian border in several years arrived in the Croatian capital of Osijek after a nine hour journey from Raguza. On board were the ministers of transport of Dalmatia and Croatia, various railway officials from the two countries as well as journalists. However, it is unclear at this time as to when actual revenue-earning trains will start running. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Tuesday 24 April, 2001

UZICE, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF SANJAK (APD) - Open fighting has broken out in the streets of the northern Sanjak border town of Uzice between Sanjak government forces and members of the Serb minority in Sanjak after two weeks of near rioting in the city. These conditions came about due to laws passed by the government of Sanjak which ethnic Serbs regard as oppressive.

The Interior Minister of Sanjak, Halid Abdic, accused the Kingdom of Serbia of supplying arms to the Serb minority of Sanjak and of fomenting the riots "in the hopes of stealing our territory". Serbian foreign minister Duke Vuk Mihajlovic denied the accusations, saying that it was clearly a case of an oppressed minority demanding their basic human rights.

Serxhan Yonesku, Minister of Defence for the Republic of Dalmatia said that any armed units, be they Sanjak government forces or Sanjak Serbs, that cross into Dalmatian territory will be dealt with severely. The Dalmatian border with Sanjak has been officialy closed and units of the Border Police have been placed on high alert, though no mobilisation of reserves has been suggested. "We will keep close watch on the developments and ensure the integrity of Dalmatia. No combatants will find safety in Dalmatian territory," Yonesku said. Foreign Affairs Minister Radu Lupul emphasised Dalmatia's neutrality in this dispute. [FGV]


Omnipresse news release, Tuesday April 24, 2001

QUEBEC, NOUVELLE-FRANCE, 24 April (omnipresse) - Order has been restored in the capital of the Intendancy after three days of rioting. The Intendant of Nouvelle France, the Honorable On‚sime Talon, commended the gendarmerie for its peacekeeping actions during the monarchist summit; while at the same time expressed the need to investigate the arrests of about fifty journalists to ensure that no improprieties were commited.

The "Sommet de la ligue Monarchique", the summit of the Monarchist League, brought together the heads of state from many countries still governed by a monarch. The motto of the summit, "a more shining crown", is meant to represent the ongoing discussions on the role of the monarchy in the new century and the need for a "more just" type of rule.

Many antimonarchist groups from all over the world came together for a peaceful demonstration against what they see as a "reinforcement of an archaic form of government".

The rioting was sparked when the Laurentien Party, a New-France republican party, was banned from the event hours before the summit was to start and after being told that its representative could attend. [MP]


La Agença pora la Aubixara Naçonau News Release, Sunday April 14, 2001

MONTREI, MONTREI, Apr. 14 (ANN) - Easter celebrations in Montrei turned dangerous as fireworks used to celebrate the Easter holiday ignited wildfires in the hills above the capital of Montrei as well as in other parts of the country.

An unusually dry winter combined with high winds and unseasonally warm temperatures resulted in factors that were amenable to dangerous wild fires.

Firefighters have the blazes controlled near the Capital of Montrei, where the famous pine forests were burning, but fires in more remote and rural areas of the country continue to burn. So far only about 100 homes have been reported burned in the nation, while properties were saved near the capital.

Temperatures reached 85 degrees Farenheit in the capital, while in the more inland areas temperatures of 97 degrees Farenheit were recorded. Wind gusts to 25 miles per hour were also recorded. It is not known when the fires in the more remote areas will be brought under control.

Authorities reccomend that certain types of fireworks be banned next year and possibly indefinitely. However, it is doubtful such a ban would be enacted. President Migueu Rouls says he will let provincial governors decide whether or not to ban certain types of fireworks. [BG]


Reuters Wire Release, North American Bureau, Mon. 9 Apr., 2001

GEORGETOWN, S.L.C., Apr. 9 (Reuters) - Damaging winds gusted across the Northwest Territories and the northern parishes of Louisiana yesterday, damaging buildings and overturning vehicles. Flood preparations were underway as river waters began rising; due to the storm driven rain and melting snow.

Thus far, the death toll remains happily low, with one woman killed in Chicago when a tree was torn from the ground and was blown into the trolley on which she was a passenger. City Constabulary reports that several others were injured, but none seriously.

Wind gusts across the region reached 79 miles per hour on Saturday, overturning articulated lorries which blocked several highways near Chicago. Rail traffic has been largely unaffected; while aerodromes throughout the region are closed due to the high winds.

Local constabularies and Militiamen are helpping pile sandbags in communities along flood prone rivers in the Territory. The Militia are also out providing security in evacuated areas, though conditions have dampened looting activities.

Along the Red River, Bruce du Fourneau, Lord Mayor of Fargo engaged the city's flood protection plans, saying that work would begin immediately on dikes which will keep the water out of the downtown area. [PB]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC European Bureau Mon. 2 Apr., 2001

NOVI PAZAR, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF SANJAK, Apr 2 (APD) The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Sanjak, Firket Hadzibegovic, has accused the Kingdom of Serbia of inciting the Serbian minority in northern Sanjak to disobedience.

The accusation comes after three days of near-riots in several towns in northern Sanjak where Serbs are in the majority, after the government announced that the Islamic law prohibiting the consumption of alcohol will apply to all citizens of Sanjak, including non-Muslims.

Prior to this, non-Muslims were granted the right to produce and consume alcohol, but this right has not officially been taken away, despite the announcement that the anti-alcohol law applies to non-Muslims as well.

Duke Vuk Mihajlovic, the Serbian foreign minister, said that the allegations are untrue. He went on to say that any citizen of any country would be displeased by such oxymoronic laws. [FGV]


Axhencia da Presa da Dalmatia News Release, via BBC European Bureau, Monday 2 Apr., 2001

RAGUZA, DALMATIA April 2 (APD) Biafiaruri da Dalmatia (BD), the state-run railway company of Dalmatia have announced in Raguza today, simultaneously with Hrvatske Drzavne Zeljeznice (HDZ), BD's Croatian counterpart, that agreements have been finalised regarding the running of passenger and goods trains between Dalmatia and Croatia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Dalmatia have announced that in relation to this agreement, the borders will be opened for goods traffic, but that no agreement has yet been reached regarding passenger traffic.

Road borders between the two countries remain closed.

This agreement is a sign that relations between the two countries are thawing after six years of war. [FGV]


BBC News Release, Kemr, Monday March 12, 2001

CASTRELEON, KEMR Mar. 12 (BBC) - While Kemrese government officials insisted the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was under control, 25 new cases were reported Sunday - the highest daily total so far.

The Agriculture Ministry confirmed a total of 164 cases in the Federated Kingdom since the disease was first identified in Britain on Feb. 20. Of these, 66 cases were found in Kemr, 70 in England while the remainder are in Scotland.

More than 114,000 animals have been destroyed, and another 30,000 are awaiting slaughter to keep the highly contagious disease from spreading further, the Agriculture Ministry said.

"It's under control," Agriculture Minister for Kemr Nigol Bryn said Sunday. "What we don't know is how much is incubating, which spread before the movement restrictions were put in place."

Bryn said he could not tell how long cases would continue to emerge.

"They all trace back to the original source of infectivity," he said. "We are still dealing with outbreaks that had spread before the movement restrictions took place."

He said nearly 500 veterinarians were dealing with the disease, including experts from the Solemn League, Awstralia and continental Europe.

Livestock movement has been severely restricted. Most European countries have closed all livestock markets and banned imports of meat, livestock and milk products from FK countries in response to the disease.

Movement by other animals and by people in the countryside has been discouraged, and people making necessary trips are being asked to walk through troughs of disinfectant.

New cases reported around the country yesterday included further outbreaks in Scotland, Cumbria, the central hundreds of Dunein, and in Kent in the southeast.

Foot-and-mouth disease - which strikes cloven-hoofed animals such as sheep, pigs and cows - is easily spread by afflicted animals or by carriers such as humans, horses and wild animals. It can also become airborne, though officials say it seems to have spread through the air only several times during this outbreak.

Meat from an infected animal is safe to eat, but animals that recover from the disease produce less meat or milk. A country that imports livestock touched by the disease risks infecting its own herds, endangering its export business.

There have been no confirmed cases in the rest of Europe, but a farm in northern Germany was sealed off Sunday after calves showed symptoms similar to those of foot-and-mouth. [PB]


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