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The VICE Morning Bulletin

Anthony "the Mooch" Scaramucci fired, almost 500 stand trial in Turkish coup case, Trump told his son to issue misleading statement on Russia meeting, and more.
August 1, 2017, 2:38pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Trump's New Chief of Staff Fires the Mooch
On his first day at the helm of a chaotic and dysfunctional White House, chief-of-staff John Kelly fired communications director Anthony Scaramucci. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kelly, a former military general, had "full authority" to make the call, and that "all staff will report to him." Sanders also said Trump felt Scaramucci's recent remarks to a reporter at the New Yorker were "inappropriate."––The New York Times/VICE News

Trump Crafted Dubious Russia Meeting Response for Son, Report Says
President Trump personally devised his son Donald Trump Jr.'s initial statement on his meeting with a Kremlin-tied lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, anonymous sources said. Despite concerns that a full account of the meeting might emerge, the president apparently insisted his son assert he met mostly to discuss "a program about the adoption of Russian children."––The Washington Post

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Los Angeles Set to Host 2028 Olympics
Los Angeles is poised to host the 2028 Olympic Games after city officials struck a deal with their counterparts in Paris and the International Olympic Committee. Mayor Eric Garcetti said he expected the arrangement, which will see Paris host the 2024 Games, to be formally approved in September. ––VICE

Former Arizona Sheriff Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt
Former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty Monday of criminal contempt after defying a court order requiring his department to stop targeting immigrants during traffic patrols. Judge Susan Bolton said Arpaio had "announced to the world" that he was going to continue "business as usual." He faces up to six months in prison when sentenced in October.––VICE News

International News

Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Detained
Venezuelan opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma have both been detained by the authorities, according to their families. The wives of López and Ledezma claim the men were seized at their homes early Tuesday. In a series of tweets, the families said they suspect the "SEBIN" Venezuelan intelligence agency took the men.––VICE News

Qatar Airways Set for Flight Routes to Bypass Gulf Neighbors
Qatar's state-owned carrier Qatar Airways is set to receive permission from the International Civil Aviation Organization to use three new international flight routes "within a week or so," according to an unnamed source. Qatar has pressed the UN agency to approve alternative routes since its planes were refused airspace over Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.––Reuters

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Almost 500 Stand Trial in Turkish Coup Case
Hundreds of people go on trial in Turkey Tuesday, accused of planning or playing some role in last July's attempted coup. It will be the biggest single trial since the failed effort to topple the government. Likely 486 people face charges that include murder, the breaching of Turkey's constitution, and plotting the assassination of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.––Al Jazeera

Pakistani Lawmakers to Vote on Interim Prime Minister
Pakistan's ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, has put forward Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as a temporary prime minister after the country's Supreme Court forced former PM Nawaz Sharif to step down over corruption allegations. Sharif's brother is expected to vie for the role on a more long-term basis.––BBC News

Everything Else

Sam Shepard Dies at 73
Tributes have flooded in for the acclaimed playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who has died at the age of 73. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon called him "one of the greats," while Reese Witherspoon said he was "a truly original actor and an incredible writer."––The Guardian

Ryan Adams Derides the Strokes
Ryan Adams has taunted the Strokes in a string of sneering tweets. Adams called Albert Hammond Jr. a "more horrible songwriter than his dad. If that's possible." Addressing Julian Casablancas, Adams asked, "Who got you strung out on lasagne, though?" The broadsides come after Adams was portrayed as dragging the group into drug trouble in a recent book.––Rolling Stone

Nike Drops A$AP Bari Over Sex Assault Allegations
Nike has terminated its commercial partnership with A$AP Bari, a member of A$AP Mob, after the release of a video in which Bari appears to be attempting to coerce a woman into performing oral sex.––XXL

SZA Drops 'Supermodel' Video
SZA has released a video for "Supermodel," a track from her debut album Ctrl. Directed by Nabil, the revenge-themed clip shows the singer being sprinkled with fairy dust and shooting fireworks from her fingers.––Noisey

'13 Reasons Why' Followed by Spike in Google Searches for Suicide
New research has found suicide-related searches on Google rose following the release of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix in March. Such searches were 19 percent higher in the US in early April, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.––Motherboard

Hackers Apparently Release 'Game of Thrones' Script, Other HBO Episodes
A forthcoming script for Game of Thrones has apparently been leaked online by hackers. The hackers claimed to also release actual episodes of other HBO shows. CEO Richard Plepler confirmed a "cyber incident" had taken place.––VICE