Russia is slipping past international sanctions through a network of shell companies and murky international trade zones. According to the Washington Post, the Kremlin is engaging in commerce with the separatists in eastern Ukraine by conducting all trade through the disputed territory of South Ossetia, in Georgia, despite current sanctions placed by the European Union and the … [Read more...] about Russia skating around sanctions in Ukraine, report says
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Working on holidays sucks. There's nothing else to say about it. I'm sure all of my colleagues here at NewsRep have stories about being on a deployment during Thanksgiving or Christmas, and even I remember working a shift in the emergency room on a holiday or two. So for this Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to find five stories -- one for each branch of the … [Read more...] about Five stories that will make you thankful the US military works on Thanksgiving
Everyone has their own idea of the perfect vacation. Some people like the mountains, others the beaches; some people prefer a big city, and some would rather be out in the country, far away from everyone. At first glance, a vacation to a historic battlefield might sound a little dull -- if not insensitive. However, as someone who has visited several battlefields in the United … [Read more...] about Five battlefields to visit in 2019 if you love US military history
Cryptocurrency giant Bitcoin dropped below the $5,000 mark on Monday, far greater than the expected drop predicted last week which had the currency leveling out around $5,300. According to a report from Reuters, the coin is now at a 13-month low and is currently experiencing a massive sell-off, which started when a hard fork of Bitcoin Cash was announced earlier in the month. … [Read more...] about Embattled Bitcoin continues nose dive — altcoins follow suit
I spent the last few days in the field with an Army National Guard unit for an upcoming story as the soldiers were conducting their individual weapons qualifications. I talked with the soldiers about several things -- everything from geopolitics to the best place to get real, authentic Mexican food. One of the other subjects I brought up was the Army's recent adoption of the … [Read more...] about What’s going on with the Army’s so-called ‘pinks and greens’ uniform?
Bitter fighting in the UK's Parliament over a proposed Brexit deal is dragging on European markets and keeping the Euro and the US Dollar in a holding pattern. According to a report from Reuters, markets across Europe are responding poorly to the uncertainty coming from Westminster, and exchanges in the UK, France, and Germany were all treading water to stay afloat. The … [Read more...] about Analysis: How the uncertainty of Brexit is affecting markets
The White House slapped 17 Saudi Arabian government officials with economic sanctions in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. According to a report from Reuters, the sanctions were announced on Thursday, just hours after Riyadh announced it would be seeking the death penalty for five of the men accused of the killing. The US Department of the Treasury claims … [Read more...] about The White House just hit 17 Saudi officials with sanctions in retribution for Khashoggi’s murder
Popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin plummeted on Wednesday, crossing below the $6,000 mark for the first time in more than a year. According to a report from CNBC, the coin dropped by 7 percent and is currently worth $5,640.36, the lowest its been in 2018. The sudden fall was unexpected by many experts, as the coin's value has been more or less stable over the past several months. … [Read more...] about Horrible day for cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin and altcoins drown
Wildfires in California remain only about 30 percent contained, despite a massive effort by fire crews to stop the blaze. According to a report from Reuters, the "Camp Fire" -- as it is being called -- has thus far destroyed 125,000 acres, leveled a town, and has claimed 42 lives. 7,600 buildings, including thousands of homes, are believed to have been destroyed as well, and … [Read more...] about Wildfires, currently just 30 percent contained, continue to rock California as stock market responds
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by over 600 points after opening on Monday, thanks in large part to a poor performance from the technology sector. According to a report from NBC, the NASDAQ and the S&P 500 also finished in the red. However, their losses were minor compared to the Dow. Tech juggernaut Apple lead the plummet, as shares of the company dropped by five … [Read more...] about Apple stock falls after poor iPhone sales, taking tech and the market down with it
China's Alibaba Group, a major e-commerce website and company, reported record sales over the weekend during Sunday's "Single Day" holiday sales event, which featured several promotions and discounts. According to a report from Reuters, the firm boasted $30 billion in sales during the event, with $10 billion being taken in during the first 60 minutes. This year's sale surpassed … [Read more...] about Alibaba Group breaks sales holiday record — but will it be enough to save the firm’s year?
Today is Veterans Day, the one day a year where we as a country should come together and celebrate the hard work that the men and women of the armed services do every day to make the world a better place. For many veterans that dedication to service was the motivating factor to join the military, and as such, many continue to serve in other ways after returning to the civilian … [Read more...] about Five veteran-owned groups making the world a better place