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Trump felt Scaramucci comments to New Yorker inappropriate - White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump felt Anthony Scaramucci, whom he fired as his communications chief on Monday, made inappropriate comments to The New Yorker magazine, the White House said.

TECH

Snap ends down slightly in brisk trade on lockup expiry

Shares of Snap Inc had their busiest trading day in two and a half months in a volatile session on July 31, as early investors could sell their shares for the first time since its March market debut.

Other Sport

Paris mayor welcomes LA step on Olympics, says talks to continue throughout August

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday welcomed Los Angeles' decision to offer to host the 2028 Olympic Games but stopped short of saying the 2024 Olympics were in the bag for Paris, saying instead that talks would continue throughout August.

TECH

British minister to push Silicon Valley on countering militants

Britain's interior minister will use a visit to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to ask the world's biggest social media and internet service providers to step up efforts to counter or remove content that incites militants.

TECH

Is Facebook beating Twitter? Ask the bots

Judging from reported growth in user numbers, one could conclude that Facebook is beating Twitter in the battle of social networks. Problem is, it's hard to know how real all those users are.

Athletics

Rudisha pulls out of worlds due to quad strain

LONDON (Reuters) - World 800 metres record holder David Rudisha said on Monday he was saddened and disappointed to have pulled out of the world athletics championships due to a quad muscle strain.

World

Kremlin orders Washington to slash embassy staff in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin has ordered the United States to cut about 60 percent of its diplomatic staff in Russia but many of those let go will be Russian citizens, softening the impact of a measure adopted in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions.

World

Trump aims at insurers in battle over healthcare subsidies

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at insurers on Monday in an escalating threat to cut the healthcare subsidy payments that make Obamacare plans affordable, after repeatedly urging Republican senators to keep working to undo his Democratic predecessor's healthcare law.

World

China says joint efforts of all sides needed to resolve North Korean issue

BEIJING (Reuters) - Resolving the North Korean nuclear issue requires joint efforts from all sides, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted he was "very disappointed" in China following Pyongyang's latest missile test.

World

U.S. calls Venezuela vote a 'sham,' says will not accept result

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The election for a new constitutional super-body being held in Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro is a "step toward dictatorship" and the United States will not accept an illegitimate government in Caracas, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday.