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Sep 11, 2012

War-time allies hushed up Katyn massacre of Poles: documents

WARSAW (Reuters) – Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill hushed up evidence the Soviet secret police had killed thousands of Polish men in the Katyn forest in 1940 for fear of alienating World War Two ally Josef Stalin, newly-declassified documents show.

An estimated 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals were killed in the massacre at Katyn, in western Russia, many of them trucked in from prison camps, shot in the head from behind, and shoved into mass graves.

Aug 3, 2012

Progress and tradition collide in Poland’s green oases

WARSAW (Reuters) – Krystyna Pakulska walks down a dirt track lined with silver birch trees and stops for a moment to breathe in the air.

“Look at the beauty around you, the flowers and the trees,” says the 59-year old, a retired employee of Polish state television. “Why destroy this beautiful land?”

Jul 4, 2012

Algeria, France tussle over archives 50 years after split

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When French soldiers and administrators left Algeria after more than a century of colonial rule, they did not go empty-handed.

They took historical artifacts, books and maps, a national heritage that still sits in French libraries and archives today and which Algeria says its former colonial master should return.

May 12, 2012

EU observers: Algeria vote a step towards reform

ALGIERS (Reuters) – European Union observers on Saturday gave a qualified endorsement to an Algerian parliamentary election which handed victory to the ruling party, bucking the trend of the “Arab Spring” revolts.

Some opposition forces expressed suspicions there had been manipulation of Thursday’s vote. The authorities denied this.

May 11, 2012

Algeria ruling party snubs Arab Spring to win election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria on Friday declared its ruling party for the past 50 years the victor in a parliamentary election, going against the tide of the “Arab Spring” which has transformed its neighbours.

The governing elite in Algeria, which supplies about a fifth of Europe’s imported natural gas, had promised reform and a new generation of leaders in response to last year’s upheavals in the region, but the election preserved the status quo.

May 11, 2012

Algeria declares ruling FLN winner of parliament vote

ALGIERS, May 11 (Reuters) – Algeria on Friday declared its
ruling party for the past 50 years victor in a parliamentary
election, against the tide of the “Arab Spring” which has
transformed some of its neighbours.

The governing elite in Algeria, which supplies about a fifth
of Europe’s imported natural gas, had promised reform and a new
generation of leaders in response to last year’s upheavals in
the region, but the election preserved the status quo.

May 11, 2012

Algeria to announce results of parliamentary election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria was to announce the results on Friday of a parliamentary election which the ruling elite trumpeted as a gentler route to reform than the “Arab Spring” uprisings in neighbouring states.

Many observers predicted a strong showing for moderate Islamists – a result that would bring the energy exporter closer into line with the trend elsewhere in north Africa after last year’s revolts.

May 10, 2012

Islamists poised for strong showing in Algeria vote

ALGIERS, May 11 (Reuters) – Results of an Algerian
parliamentary election to be announced on Friday were likely to
hand an unprecedented share of seats to moderate Islamists,
easing pressure for change in a country left behind by last
year’s “Arab Spring.”

But many people were mistrustful of promises from the ruling
elite – in power uninterrupted since independence 50 years ago -
that it was embarking on genuine democratic reform.

May 10, 2012

Skepticism the main challenger in Algeria election

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria votes on Thursday in a parliamentary election its rulers hope will deflect pressure for change after the “Arab Spring” upheavals, but many people will show their skepticism by abstaining.

Last year’s revolts in the region left Algeria largely untouched, but it is now under pressure to reform and renew the ageing establishment that has ruled the country without interruption since independence from France half a century ago.

May 9, 2012

Algerians skeptical election will bring change

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s authorities say a parliamentary election on Thursday is a stepping stone towards a more democratic state, but many people do not believe their promises, expect only marginal change and will stay away from polling stations.

The north African country is under pressure to come into line with neighboring states, where “Arab Spring” uprisings last year pushed out autocratic leaders and are bringing hopes of genuine democracy for the first time.