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Buxom actress dies?


Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89

PEOPLE-JANERUSSELL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” movie star Jane Russell, who became a controversial Hollywood sex symbol, died on Monday at the age of 89, her family said.

I was very disturbed at the title “Buxom actress Jane Russell dead at 89″ for your news article about her death today.

She was a human being. I never met her, but she – and her family – should have been shown more respect.

“Buxom” was inappropriate when someone has died. Thank you for considering my opinion.

Whose fists are those?


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You incorrectly headlined a video clip “Protesters pump fists at Wisconsin lawmakers.”

Those are actually Democratic lawmakers pumping fists at Republican lawmakers after the surprise vote late Thursday night in the State Assembly.

What’s her title today?


New Zealand rescuers sift rubble, quake toll reaches 75

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth offered her sympathy for the former British colony and said in a statement she was “utterly shocked.”

BRITAIN/There is an error with the sentence “Britain’s Queen Elizabeth offered her sympathy for the former British colony…”.

Ad placement?


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Well done, informative article announcing the conclusion that Assange will be extradited, face charges for alleged sex crimes.

Sponsor of page = viagra. Disgusting.


I’m sorry you found this disgusting, but the Viagra ad was in a rotation with a number of others on the page.

Word choice invites criticism


Ride the royal bus tour of Kate Middleton’s life

BRITAIN-ROYAL/WEDDINGNews that Britain’s royal wedding invites are in the post has touched off lively press speculation, with former England soccer captain David Beckham and the King of Bahrain tipped to be attending but not U.S. President Barack Obama or William’s aunt, Sarah Ferguson.

Will you please tell your journalists that “invite” is never used as a noun!  The word is invitation. They sound like hillbillies.

Square or round?


Bahrain opposition meets to agree demands MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s opposition parties met on Sunday to discuss demands they will present to the Gulf Arab country’s rulers, as protesters gathered in a central Manama square clamoring for immediate political change.

Protesters swept back into Pearl Square late on Saturday after Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa ordered troops and armored vehicles to withdraw and offered to lead a national dialogue after days of unrest that left six dead.

BAHRAIN/PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you stop referring to ‘Pearl Square’ in your Bahrain news reports as there is no such place. The area in which the protests are being held is the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

The wrong tomb?


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You have the wrong information in a photo caption.

The Photo is Benedict XVI praying in front of tomb of John Paul I. John Paul II is buried in ground, and has a slanting tombstone.


Indeed. We corrected the photo caption: GBU Editor

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A bad choice of photos…


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You are showing one of our vessels (the Rotterdam Express) on your homepage with an article on a ship which blocks the Suez Canal. None of our vessels is involved in the incident and I have to ask you to remove the photo immediately from this article.

If you have sent this archive photo from Dec. 2005 out to customers in connection with this story please call the photo back. It suggests that our vessel broke down in the Suez Canal what is definitely not the case.

All the news that’s fit to print?


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How come there is no longer a print button for articles on your Website? It makes it particularly difficult when a story runs two, three and four pages.


Thanks for asking. We briefly dropped that function to free up more space for social sharing tools, but you will be happy to hear we have restored it: GBU Editor

Too personal?


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Witness: Unlike Iraq, Egyptians do regime change their way

CAIRO (Reuters) – The last Arab despot I saw overthrown was Saddam Hussein. That was all very different from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, toppled this week by his own people, not the might of a foreign army.

This piece was too emotional and biased.  It was something I expect from Aljazeera but not Reuters, which I deeply appreciate for being neutral, professional and providing the best NEWS reporting