Robert MacPherson

Robert MacPherson

Robert MacPherson

 

Bombs explode on eve of Algerian polls

Robert MacPherson

Bombs killed a police officer and wounded five other people on Wednesday on the eve of parliamentary elections in Algeria, prompting fears of renewed Islamist extremism. The blasts came 48 hours after the North Africa branch of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network called on Algerians to boycott Thursday's polls.

Algeria concerned over low voter turnout

Robert MacPherson

On the eve of only its third multiparty parliamentary election, there is concern in Algeria that too few citizens will bother to go out Thursday to cast their ballots. The outcome is forecast to favour a trio of political parties in the 389-seat National People's Assembly allied with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who since 1999 has wielded real power in North Africa's biggest nation.

Riding rails of the world with The Man in Seat 61

Robert MacPherson

Every morning a mild-mannered British servant catches his commuter train to London, whips open his laptop and helps change the way people travel around the world. Mark Smith is the man behind The Man in Seat, an independent website that's riding a wave of global popularity as more and more travellers give up on chaotic air travel and embrace the romance of railways.

London warned of terror threat on 7/7 anniversary

Robert MacPherson

Britain fell silent for two minutes on Friday in memory of the victims of the London bombings, as its top police officer warned that the threat of more outrages has "palpably increased" in the year since then. It was the worst terrorist to date attack on British soil, as well as Europe's first experience with a suicide bombing.