News Headlines - 31 July 2017

John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci - The New York Times

John F. Kelly, President Trump’s new chief of staff, firmly asserted his authority on his first day in the White House on Monday, telling aides he will impose military discipline on a free-for-all West Wing, and he underscored his intent by firing Anthony Scaramucci, the bombastic communications director, 10 days after he was hired.

Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro claims huge victory in vote to grant socialist party virtually unlimited powers | The Independent

Venezuela's National Electoral Council has said more than eight million people voted to grant President Nicolas Maduro's ruling socialist party virtually unlimited powers with a constitutional assembly - a turnout more than double the estimates of both the government's political opponents and independent experts.

Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny | The Guardian

Cryptocurrencies are under the microscope as never before. Financial regulators in the US are concerned about the emergence of bitcoin and its digital cousins as speculative investments and have hinted that much tougher regulation is in the pipeline.
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which regulates the New York financial markets, issued an alert, saying it was “cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets by ‘virtual’ organisations are subject to the requirements of the federal securities laws”.

L.A. Olympic bid committee agrees to wait, giving Paris the 2024 Games - The Washington Post

Los Angeles has decided its Olympic aspirations can wait four years, which means Paris is poised to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The two cities had both been awarded hosting rights by the International Olympic Committee and have been negotiating for the past three weeks on which city would go first and which would wait until 2028. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that a deal between the three parties has been struck with Los Angeles agreeing to stage the 2028 Summer Games.

Jeanne Moreau: the intelligent, complex star who lit up the French New Wave | The Guardian

Jeanne Moreau is probably best known for a movie in which she was perhaps most atypically cast – as Catherine, the entrancing free spirit who has ensnared two men in François Truffaut’s sensational hit Jules et Jim (1962).








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