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June 24, 2010

Germany regrets McChrystal Afghanistan departure

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// AFGHANISTAN/MCCHRYSTALDJIBOUTI June 23 (Reuters) – German Defence Minister Karl-Theo zu Guttenberg said on Wednesday he regretted the departure of U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as the top commander in Afghanistan.

Better educated babies?

May 10, 2010

Women in US having children later, better educated

USA/The misplaced modifier makes for an amusing headline, but not one that was intended to be so.

Million vs. billion, again…

April 21, 2010
BP to invest £650 billion plus in alt energy

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California (Reuters) – Oil major BP Plc  plans to invest more than $1 billion (650 million pounds) this year on alternative energy development, the head of BP’s alternative energy unit said on Tuesday.

The last scupper?

April 19, 2010

Volcanic ash cloud may scupper Polish funeral plan

CYPRUS-ELECTION/The title reads “Volcanic ash cloud may scupper Polish funeral plan” and I am wondering if this should not be “Volcanic ash cloud may scuttle Polish funeral plan” instead.

Turning the tables

April 6, 2010

Pakistan tables long-awaited constitutional reforms PAKISTAN-BHUTTO/

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani government introduced a constitutional bill in parliament Friday to transfer President Asif Ali Zardari’s sweeping powers to the prime minister, possibly ending months of political wrangling.

No pun intended?

March 30, 2010


Healthcare reform sorecard?

Was this a typo or was it meant as a pun?


I’d like to claim it was a clever bit of wordplay, but since the actual piece refers to a “scorecard,” then I guess it was a typo. We fixed it: GBU Editor

Not a U.S. slave ship…

March 29, 2010

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Replica of U.S. slave ship sails into Havana

HAVANA (Reuters) – A replica of the 19th century slave ship Amistad, made famous in a Stephen Spielberg movie, sailed into Havana Bay on Thursday with U.S. and Cuba flags flying side by side in a hopeful display of friendship.


March 17, 2010

EU exec to put Greek plan to finmins, Germany doubtful

EUROFIN/What on earth is a “finmin?”

James T.

It’s a bit of headline shorthand for finance ministers, but it doesn’t travel well, especially in places that don’t have finance ministers.

A continent, not a country…

March 1, 2010

Italian hostage in Africa heard in Internet appeal
MAURITANIA/ROME (Reuters) – An Italian hostage who was seized with his wife in eastern Mauritania in December has urged Prime Minister Silvo Berlusconi to intervene to secure their release in an audio clip posted on the Internet.

I am curious as to the headline used in this story “Italian hostage in Africa . . .”

Hanged, not hung

January 27, 2010

Baghdad bombs kill 36, Chemical Ali hung

IRAQ/TRIAL/ALIUm, it’s “Hanged”, executed, put to death, killed by hanging…never “Hung”! As John Cleese might have said, that would be “something completely different”!