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The Shutter: Russian Court Officially Shutters Three McDonald's

A court in Moscow has "upheld" an application from the state-backed food safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor to shutter three McDonald's locations in Moscow. According to Russia Today, the courts have ordered a 90-day shut down of the fast food chain's...

Apple rolls out new iAd formats, launches network in Russia and Switzerland

Apple announced two changes to its iAd platform today, expanding the reach and available formats of the ad network in an attempt to reel in more advertisers. The first of these changes is support for brand new iAd styles, including those pre-roll videos we’ve all come to know and love on YouTube. Full-screeninterstitial have also […]

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Ukraine Says Tanks Enter From Russia Amid Plan for Convoy. Ukraine said an armored column including 10 tanks entered from Russia early today as the government in Moscow unveiled plans to send a second convoy with humanitarian aid into its neighbor’s rebel-held territory. Show More Summary

Commodities Today: Steel Names Rally And Some Oil Deals Are Currently In The Works

By Matthew Smith: In what could be more bad news for Russian stocks and those with Russian exposure, such as BP (NYSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) (NYSE:RDS.B), we are seeing stories that indicate Russia could be making a move on further naval infrastructure on the Black Sea. Show More Summary

In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...[Content Note: War] In Ukraine and Russia: "Ukraine's government has said its forces have clashed with an armoured column that crossed the border from Russia as Moscow ramped up tensions ahead of...Show More Summary

Ukraine Says Tanks Crossing Border as New Front Opens, Braces for More 'Aid'

2 days agoNews : Reason

The Ukrainian government today claims that Russia has "violated the state border of Ukraine" by sending tanks across the border this morning. "At least 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks from russia crossed into Ukrainian territory at 5:20 a.m. Show More Summary

The Price of Oil Crushed Russia Once. Is It About to Happen Again?

An oil price collapse in the 1980s spurred the downfall of the Soviet Union. Is today's Russian regime staring down the same fate?

10 things you need to know today: August 23, 2014

1. Russian trucks leave Ukraine, but Western fears persistJust a day after more than 260 trucks rolled into Ukraine — without Kiev's consent — Russia's convoy of what it claims carried only humanitarian aid in the form of food and medicine moved back across the border. Show More Summary

White House Accuses Russia Of Painting Military Vehicles White; Merkel Agrees "Actions Represent Dangerous Escalation"

With no Instagram #selfie image or YouTube clip as proof (yet), The White House issued a statement proclaiming that today, in violation of its previous commitments and international law, Russian military vehicles painted to look like civilian trucks forced their way into Ukraine... Show More Summary

Russia Releases Video Of Massive Army Drill To "Contain Armed Conflict In Imaginary State"; Schedules 2 More

Two weeks ago today, on Friday, August 8, the "market" seemingly desperate for any excuse to soar, did just that when Russia, tongue-in-cheek, announced that a Russian military drill, which everyone knew in advance would end that day, and which "worried the US department of state" finished. Show More Summary

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Russian Aid Convoy Without Consent Deemed Invasion by Ukraine. (video) Trucks carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid reached the embattled Ukrainian city of Luhansk, the RIA Novosti news service said, after they crossed...Show More Summary

Commodities Today: Energy Deals, Potential Sales And The Bakken Flaring Issue

By Matthew Smith: Investors will need to keep an eye on this convoy that Russia sent into Ukraine without oversight of the Red Cross or even red cross logos on the side of the vehicles. We figured that Russia would do something to show strength while also testing the West to see what the reaction would be and this might very well be it. Show More Summary

Today's Market: Retail And Tech News Moving Stocks

By Matthew Smith: Asian markets were up overnight as they followed the lead of US markets higher. European markets are lower on reports that Russia sent in a convoy of 70 trucks which were not under the watch of the Red Cross and did not have red crosses on the vehicles. Show More Summary

Russia Explains Why It Rushed Entry Of Humanitarian Convoy

In a nearly carbon-copy replica of last Friday when tensions escalated then de-escalated on rumors that Ukraine had attacked a Russian military convoy, today's Yellen speech has been completely upstaged by ongoing developments out of...Show More Summary

The Shutter: McDonald's Russia Under Attack: Four Locations Close

Russia continues to slam its ban hammer on Western foods: The country's food safety watch dog agency, has shut down four McDonald's locations in Moscow. According to USA Today, the agency temporarily shuttered the restaurants due to "numerous sanitary...

Aspen Strategy Group Overstates Russia's Problems

In today's Washington Post, the usually sharp David Ignatius reports on closed discussions at the Aspen Strategy Group by "senior current and former officials, plus some think tank leaders and journalists" ("Crafting a policy for Russia"). Show More Summary

A Better Set Of Lies

by Jonah Shepp Rosie Gray flags Russia Today’s new ad campaign: “The campaign will be comprised of several different posters, and we kicked it off with wild postings in the New York City,” RT spokesperson Anna Belkina said in an email. “Soon it will be extended to Washington, DC, and London.” … The ads feature […]

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Ukraine Talks Stall as Russia Sees Only Progress on Aid. Russia’s foreign minister said talks on the conflict in Ukraine haven’t produced a resolution, with progress made only on humanitarian aid deliveries. The crisis, in...Show More Summary

3 Count: Expendable Flop

Post-leak Expendables 3 flops at box office, IKEA hit with damages over online video in Russia and Third Doctor Who episode leaks online. The post 3 Count: Expendable Flop appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

Commodities Today: New Discoveries, Potential Asset Sales And Bullish Calls Moving These Stocks

By Matthew Smith: Equity markets are higher in Europe and North America as geopolitical tensions ease and Russia has held back its convoy of aid trucks to coordinate with Ukraine and reach an agreement which fits all parties' needs.Show More Summary

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