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Nazi death camp


German court convicts then frees Nazi guard Demjanjuk

MUNICH (Reuters) – A German court convicted John Demjanjuk on Thursday for his role in the killing of 28,000 Jews in the Sobibor Nazi death camp, then set the 91-year-old free because of his age.

Holocaust survivors at first welcomed the Munich court’s verdict that Demjanjuk, who was exonerated in another war crimes case in Israel two decades ago, was an accessory to mass murder as a guard at Sobibor camp in Poland during World War Two.

Demjanjuk was initially sentenced to death two decades ago in Israel for being the notorious “Ivan the Terrible” camp guard at Treblinka in Poland. The guilty verdict was overturned on appeal by Israel’s supreme court in 1993 after new evidence emerged pointing to a case of mistaken identity.

I am writing about the May 12, 2011 Reuters article: “German court convicts then frees Nazi guard Demjanjuk.”

A state of confusion?


Sensient Technologies ups 2011 earnings outlook

USA/Shares of the Milwaukee, Illinois-based company closed at $36.82 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WISCONSIN.


Indeed. We corrected it: GBU Editor

A cyclist tries to ride during a blizzard in Milwaukee, Wisconsin February 2, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

New, not North…


Colder cities among top U.S. retirement places

OBAMA/Only five cities in the list — Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, North Mexico, Charleston, South Carolina, Jacksonville, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas are in the southern-most part of the country.

Just FYI, N.M. is New Mexico, not North Mexico.


Indeed. We corrected: GBU Editor

U.S. President Barack Obama visits the home of Andy and Etta Cavalier to discuss ways to jump start job creation and strengthen the middle class while in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 28, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Not in Canada?


Alberta ranked as world’s top mining jurisdiction

CANADA BOOMTOWNMiners saw the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Nevada and Saskatchewan as jurisdictions with the most appealing mining policies, but Quebec and Manitoba also made it into the top 10.

Nevada is a province of Canada? Really? This is great news! Finally somewhere I can go to escape winter that is still Canadian territory.

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.

Snow in how many states?


Major winter storm wallops Northeast

USA/The National Weather Service reported snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states — only Florida was spared — and much of the South was still battling icy conditions that made roads dangerous and led to several traffic deaths.

I read this article and my question is, if there are 50 states 48 should have snow not 49? Unless there is snow in Hawaii too.

We put a Cork in it…


Drive from sea to sea but don’t stop to pee

IRELAND/The AA motoring group said it was unacceptable for drivers not to have anywhere stop for the toilet or a coffee for the entire 250 km (155 mile) journey between Ireland’s two biggest cities Dublin and Cork for example, even from a purely safety perspective.

Since when has Cork overtaken Belfast as Ireland’s second city?

Last time I looked Belfast was twice the size of Cork!!

Kelly A.

As I suspect you already know, Belfast is in Northern Ireland.

We appreciate the sensitivities involved here, but our style is to use Ireland to mean Republic of Ireland, unless a specific distinction needs to be made.

Where did this happen?


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I am an avid Reuters news reader.

The new web design is nice but there is more scope for improvement.

A dateline is an important part of the story, but more and more Reuters stories are missing that. Here is an example.

It’s always nicer to put the location and country in the dateline.

John :)

We agree datelines are important.

This is an irritating technical problem that is hiding datelines on some online stories.

Overseas stores?


Apple says sold 2 million iPads

BRITAINFans mobbed Apple’s overseas stores on Friday when the iPad went on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Canada is not overseas! We see this quite a bit and it is infuriating!


We subsequently changed it to international stores: GBU Editor

A girl views a new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store during its UK launch in central London, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Whose statue?


Senegal’s “renaissance woman” faces cover-up

SENEGAL-MONUMENT/DAKAR (Reuters) – The skimpily-dressed female figure in Senegal’s giant monument to the “African Renaissance” faces a possible cover-up after the architect on Monday said he had proposed a remodeling to cover up her bare legs.

The giant group of man, woman and infant perched on a hill overlooking the capital Dakar is bigger than New York’s Statue of Liberty and is due to be inaugurated in April.