Articles by Alastair Macdonald



A Century on, Russian Pilgrims Flock to Jordan River

  • 20 January 10
  • Reuters
For those seeking confirmation that the long hiatus in Russians' spiritual life after the Bolshevik triumph of 1917 is over, then the eve of Epiphany — Jan. 6 on the old church calendar — on the Jordan River is a place to see it.

133 Killed in Baghdad Car Bombings

  • 24 November 06
  • Reuters
Militants launch a daylight assault on the Health Ministry and authorities impose an indefinite curfew on Baghdad.

Christian Activists Are Freed in Iraq

  • 24 March 06
  • Reuters
Two Canadians and a Briton are rescued by U.S.-led forces in Baghdad.

Iraqis Struggling to Reach Agreement

  • 23 August 05
  • Reuters
Hours away from the constitution deadline, disagreements remained over federalism and the role of Islam in the law.

Rumsfeld Sees a Long Battle for Iraq

  • 28 June 05
  • Reuters
The defense secretary also confirms reports that U.S. military representatives have been in secret talks with insurgency leaders.

Coalition Raids 'Triangle of Death'

  • 25 November 04
  • Reuters
Thousands of U.S. troops and Iraqi forces pursued a campaign of raids on suspected guerrilla bases in Sunni Muslim towns and villages south of Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

Russia's Olympic Doping Disaster

  • 24 August 04
  • Reuters
Russia did its best to learn lessons from the drugs shame that hit its Winter Olympics team two years ago but the Athens summer Games have turned into a doping ""Hiroshima,"" its anti-doping chief said Monday.

Moscow Threatens U-Turn On Kyoto

  • 02 September 02
  • Reuters
Russia has warned that it might decide against ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, a move that would effectively kill off the pact against global warming that has already been rejected by the United States.

Tribunal to Make Sure He Lives to See Trial

  • 02 July 01
  • Reuters
THE HAGUE, Netherlands Ч Getting Slobodan Milosevic behind bars in The Hague is a dream come true for UN war crimes prosecutors. For all their disdain for him, their nightmare now would be that he did not live to face trial. Spending a third day in an isolation unit at a Dutch jail, the former Yugoslav president was under round-the-clock observation Sunday to ensure he is not taken ill or attempts to take his own life Ч as both his parents did. His death in custody, whatever the cause, would all too easily be declared murder by angry Serb nationalists, elevating him to a martyrdom that would hardly ease efforts to bring lasting stability to the ethnically divided Balkans. ""We're very focused on getting him to trial. That's why his well-being is uppermost in our minds,"" said Jim Landale, the chief spokesman for the tribunal.

'Sexy' Stalingrad Epic Opens Festival

  • 08 February 01
  • Reuters
A German-made multinational blockbuster about the battle of Stalingrad launched the Berlin film festival on Wednesday into 12 manic movie days.

'Sexy' Stalingrad Epic Opens Festival

  • 08 February 01
  • Reuters
A German-made multinational blockbuster about the battle of Stalingrad launched the Berlin film festival on Wednesday into 12 manic movie days.

West's Next Task Is Rebuilding Relations

Sergeyev Urges Army Cooperation in CIS

Ukraine Beats Ill-Prepared Russia 3-2

Premier Delay Shows Constitution Wrangling

Indian Firm Rescues Kazakh Steel Plant

British Oil Exec Vows to Fight After Kazakhstan 'Show Trial'

Next Mir Crew Saddles Up for Launch

Wolf Joins Lastest Spacewalk on Mir

Patriarch Criticizes Television, Education

Yeltsin Hails Better Relations With Kiev

Russia, Iraq Tout Plan to End Crisis

Yeltsin Warns of Harsh Winter, Promises to End Heating Woes

Spartak Beats Rotor 2-0 to Win Championship

Russia Will See Naples, And Live

Chechen President Seeks Wide Emergency Powers

Spartak Forced to Replay, Lazio Set for Rotor

Death Row Denizens in Limbo

Tales of Stalin, Soccer's Scariest Boss

Halting AIDS With Clean Needles