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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.

What a difference an A makes


Obama says U.S. is still a AAA country

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a downgrade in the United States’ credit rating on political gridlock in Washington and said he would offer some recommendations on how to reduce federal deficits.

TI’m teaching English in Thailand… This header should say: Obama says U.S. is still an AAA country.

Singular or plural?


Data points to strengthening growth, jobs

CHINAData points to?



Yes, I know, this is a plural noun.

The Reuters style guide recognizes that, but adds: “treat as if it were singular, e.g. The data was corrupted.”

By contrast, the AP’s style book advises reporters to treat data as a plural noun in most cases: GBU Editor

We should get this right


Gold set to extend post-Fed gains; peak in 2011: Reuter’s poll

MARKETS-STOCKS/In this headline I believe the name of your organization is spelled incorrectly by yourselves – with an apostrophe.


Indeed. Pretty embarrassing. We fixed it: GBU Editor

A 999.9 fine gold 100 troy ounce Engelhard gold bar is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, November 9, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Style on the Koran…


Obama says planned Koran burning is boosting Qaeda

PAKISTAN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran is being used as an al Qaeda recruitment tool and he urged the minister to reconsider the decision.

Please Use the Correct Spellings Of Muslims Holy Book , Use “QURAN” Not Koran.It Would Be Very Appreciative If This Correction has been made in all your digital and print versions.

Kiev vs. Kyiv…



Ukraine to borrow abroad to pay for April T-bills

KIEV, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Ukraine will try to borrow abroad soon in order to meet a hefty bill for domestic debt due in April, deputy finance minister Andriy Kravets said on Monday, indicating however that the loan would be not be public.

An observation, not a question. Will you please stop spelling Kyiv by the old transliteration from Russian.

Where is Los Angeles?


gbu timberlakd 260Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and actor Bradley Cooper wait to answer the phone during the “Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief” telethon in this handout photo provided by MTV on January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Jeff Kravitz/MTV Hope for Haiti Now/Handout

Regarding the Haiti benefit, I’m curious as to why you refer to Los Angeles as Los Angeles, California yet you refer to New York City, New York as simply New York and London, England as simply London?

Partner or spouse?


Obamas in, reality stars out in desirable neighbors poll

The U.S. first family were followed by TV chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and her partner Portia de Rossi, who tied with Republican Sarah Palin, in the poll by online real estate marketplace

USA/I found your article regarding the best/worst celeb neighbors, featured in Yahoo tv today, to be an interesting reflection on popular opinions.

No longer Western?


Tsunami smashes Pacific islands, over 100 feared dead

SYDNEY, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A series of tsunamis smashed into the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa killing possibly more than 100 people, some washed out to sea, destroying villages and injuring hundreds, officials said on Wednesday.

Several of your articles about the tsunami refer to “Western Samoa.”