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Spelling of city’s name…


Ukraine’s Tymoshenko charged with tax evasion KIEV (Reuters) – Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, already sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of office, has been charged with tax evasion, theft and concealing foreign currency revenues, the State Tax Administration said on Friday.

Hi. I just wanted to let you know that the capital of Ukraine is misspelled in your article.

You refer to Ukraine’s capital city as ‘Kiev.’ I would like to point out that this is an obsolete version of the name, which was abandoned by Ukraine after its declaration of independence in 1991, and replaced by the name ‘Kyiv.’

There are many previous cases where countries have made a decision to change names, and the media have adapted.

For example, in 1996 India officially changed the name of the city Bombay to Mumbai. This is also the case with the capital of China, Beijing, formerly known as Peking, and the country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

South of what?


14 dead as Niger clashes with convoy from Libya

NIAMEY (Reuters) – Niger’s army has clashed with a heavily armed convoy of vehicles that entered its territory from Libya, killing 13 in the convoy and suffering one casualty on its side, military sources in the West African country said on Wednesday.

The sources said Nigerien authorities took a further 13 prisoners after the incident, which took place on Sunday around the remote northern Nigerien mining town of Arlit just south of the border with Libya.

The wrong province…


Gwar shock band guitarist found dead on tour

LOS ANGELES ( – Cory Smoot, guitarist in the shock-rock band Gwar, was found dead Thursday. The band is currently on tour, and Smoot’s body was found as the band traveled from Minneapolis to Edmonton, Ontario for its next show.

Edmonton is in Alberta, not in Ontario.


Indeed it is. This was part of some third-party content which is not edited by us, but the error has been corrected:  GBU Editor

That’s not a country anymore…


UK’s Cameron rallies EU countries outside euro zone

At Wednesday’s summit, European leaders agreed a plan to provide debt relief for Greece, recapitalize European banks and boost the bloc’s rescue fund, though details have yet to be hammered out. Following a meeting of all EU members, Cameron held separate talks with some of the leaders of the 10 countries not in the euro zone; Sweden, Poland, Denmark and Czechoslovakia. ”

Your article mentions the country Czechoslovakia, which hasn’t existed for almost 20 years. I suppose the author meant Czech Republic.

We’re not in Kansas anymore?


Kansas airport fake bomb suspect ordered held in jail

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept 16 (Reuters) – A man who tried to board a Southwest Airlines flight with materials that resembled bomb parts was ordered held without bond on Friday by a federal judge, authorities said.

Okay, this is U.S. Geography 101. Kansas City International Airport is in Missouri!

That’s too many countries


Netflix, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do! When Netflix reports second-quarter earnings late on Monday, financial analysts will look to the company to give not only an update on its financials but also some clarity into its future. With an ambitious plan to expand into 43 Latin American countries and a dramatic change to its pricing plans, Netflix has a lot of big changes expected in the second half of the year. In this article the writer made a statement that there are 43 countries in Latin America. There are about 20.

What is worrisome to me is the number never even clicked in their head to do a little fact checking.

Netflix may be expanding to 43 countries but not all of them can be Latin American.

It isn’t the Arabian Gulf


Europe Gasoline/Naphtha-Margins slip as crude bounces

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) – Gasoline refining margins slipped as Brent bounced on Wednesday, although a drop in gasoline inventories in the U.S. supported the market and outright prices in the region were higher.

“There’s no interest from the U.S. but the Mediterranean is busy,” said a gasoline broker, adding that refinery shutdowns in the Arabian Gulf and issues in Israel had boosted activity.

We’re your new neighbors


Bangladesh says FIFA refuses to move Pakistan game

DHAKA (Reuters) – FIFA has turned down a proposal from Bangladesh to relocate their World Cup 2014 qualifier from violence-hit Pakistan to Dhaka, the country’s football federation president said on Monday.

Bangladesh has not sent any sports team to neighbouring Pakistan since an attack by gunmen on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore in 2009.

Not in Washington…


U.S. Open course at Congressional hole by hole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Open will return to Washington’s Congressional Country Club for a third time when this year’s edition takes place from June 16-19.

Washington’s Congressional Country Club?

You need a geography lesson. Congressional is not in Washington, DC. It’s in Bethesda, Maryland.

Sanctum Santorum?


Santorum launches Republican bid for White House

WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum launched a long-shot Republican bid for president on Monday, pledging an unflinching commitment to conservative policies, including a Medicare reform plan that has proved unpopular with voters.

“We’re going to be in this race and we’re in it to win,” Santorum told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview from his home state of Pennsylvania.