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.

Blair swings axe in Cabinet reshuffle

Robert MacPherson

British Prime Minister Tony Blair sacked his home secretary and moved other key ministers in a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle on Friday after voters punished his scandal-hit Labour Party in local elections. Blair also stripped Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott of many of his responsibilities.

The write verdict for The Da Vinci Code

Robert MacPherson

In a verdict worthy of a thriller, Britain's High Court on Friday rejected a claim that author Dan Brown stole key elements of his blockbuster The Da Vinci Code from an earlier book by two other writers. Brown had been accused of breach of copyright by plagiarising passages from The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, for his 2003 novel.

Bird-flu fear grips Britain after H5N1 strain kills swan

Robert MacPherson

Fear of bird flu again swept Britain on Thursday as scientists confirmed that a wild swan found dead in a Scottish seaside village had the H5N1 strain that can be fatal to humans. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said the swan -- found a week ago on a harbour slipway in Cellardyke, Fife -- perished from the same H5N1 strain that has killed more than 100 people.