Headlines on 2020-01-11

  • France Has Changed — And So Has 'Les Misérables'

    This 2019 film is not another adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel. It portrays life in a poor Paris suburb — where the police force is corrupt and residents are struggling just to get by.

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  • Iran Says It Shot Down Ukrainian Plane By Mistake

    Officials in Iran say the country's armed forces mistakenly shot down the civilian plane Wednesday, killing 176 people on board.

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  • Humanity Is Lucky A NATO-Warsaw Pact Nuclear War Never Happened

    Kyle Mizokami Security, Europe We would have all died. Key point: It’s possible that in formulating these plans, the Soviets caught a brief glance at the realities of atomic combat—and that may have made them even more determined to avoid all-out war. This is a plan for the end of the world, dated 1970. The arrows are armies and the red vertical symbols are nuclear bombs, all part of a part of Cold War contingency plan crafted by the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies in case of war. War...

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  • What U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For The Middle East

    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with with Dalia Dassa Kaye of the Rand Corporation about the implications of Iran-U.S. tensions in the region, where relationships are complicated and, at times, volatile.

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  • Omani Sultan Qaboos, Who Ruled Oman For Half A Century, Dies At 79

    The long-serving monarch named his successor, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who was sworn in as sultan Saturday. Under Qaboos, the tiny Middle Eastern state took on an outsize role in regional diplomacy.

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  • Protests In Chile

    Chilean protesters were back on the streets Friday to vent their anger over the country's paltry pensions, fragile safety net and police brutality against demonstrators.

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  • Rebuking China, Taiwan Votes To Reelect President Tsai Ing-wen

    More than 8 million voters cast their ballots for Tsai, who defeated a populist mayor who ran on a platform of closer ties to Beijing.

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  • After Denial, Iran Now Says It Shot Down Plane

    Iran has now admitted that its own military shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet Wednesday, killing all 176 people onboard.

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  • Marching band sendoffs at Goldman Sachs; another twist in the alt-data story; bonus season countdown

    Dan DeFrancesco, Business Insider's financial technology reporter, pinch-hitting for Meredith. It's fitting that I'm filling in for Meredith this week, as people moves were a bit of an ongoing theme for a lot of our coverage. (Don't worry, she'll be back next Saturday.) Dakin Campbell reported on partners who left Goldman Sachs in 2019. In addition to listing 36 names, he found out some great details about where the exits have hit the bank the hardest (Hint: the securities division.) However,...

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  • I gained weight from comfort food after my miscarriage. How can I get back to feeling like myself again?

    Getty/Kethy Wang Recovering from any kind of traumatic event takes a long time. Seeking comfort in food is incredibly common, but it's never too late to create new healthier habits. Being more mindful should help you work out why you're eating emotionally, and introducing gentle low-impact exercise will help you feel like your old self again. Don't be afraid to seek out professional support, both nutritionally and psychologically. Read more Working it Out here. Visit Insider's homepage for more...

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  • Iran's foreign minister said 'US adventurism' is to blame for the Iranian military shooting down a passenger jet

    Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Iran admitted early Saturday that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet that had just left Tehran. However, its foreign minister immediately said that the US also bore responsibility. In a tweet published moments after the admission, Javad Zarif blamed the error on "a time of crisis caused by US adventurism." The jet was shot down hours after Iran launched missiles at US troops in Iraq, itself a retaliation for the assassination of Iranian...

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  • Credit Karma has exploded into a $4 billion fintech — here's an inside look at why it's leaning on influencers to court millennial and Gen Z users

    Credit Karma, long known for its free credit scores, launched as something of a marketing firm, connecting its users with credit cards and loans and getting paid by the banks that offered those products. Reports from the Wall Street Journal and CNBC have pegged Credit Karma as a 2020 IPO candidate, though its CEO has said he sees listing as a means, not an end. When it launched a high-yield savings account last year (it's first financial product), it leaned on celebrity partners and influencers...

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