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Ricky Gervais: Let’s trick Trump into thinking he won and find a real president

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For all of those who can’t get enough of Donald Trump’s campaign but really don’t want him leading the free world, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has a brilliant plan for a new fake-reality series: Trump is president, but not really.

On Tuesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Gervais admitted that he finds the whole campaign season fascinating, and much like a trainwreck, he can’t stop watching Donald Trump. “I started off thinking it was quite funny,” he explained. “Then it got a bit serious. And now I don’t know whether I want him to get in for the fun of it or not. I mean, I can say that, I don’t live here. Sorry about that.”

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The British liberal admitted that he wouldn’t mind a 24-hour Trump channel where he could watch the nonstop Trump insanity all day long. “Just him talking. Because it’s amazing,” he described. “He doesn’t mean to be funny, that’s the beauty of it.”

Gervais then pitched his brainchild series: “What if we just told him he got in? So, he gets up every day, right? And he does a little address and we go, ‘yes, that’s brilliant! I’m the president-hybrid!’ And they’re all extras,” he said waving like a Trump fan in a crowd. “And he never knows he was never president.” This would clearly continue for a while Trump is being filmed, and America is watching the “reality” unfold.

“It’d be amazing,” Meyers said, in support of the idea. “Well, you wouldn’t even have to tell him, right? You would just say—”

“No, not yet,” Gervais said with a mischevious grin.

“Maybe a year in you’d say, ‘Here’s the thing, it’s been fake, but the ratings are huge!'” said Meyers knowing exactly how to stroke Trump’s ego. He swears Trump would probably keep doing the show simply for that reason.

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White House adds 20 percent increase to ‘best case’ projection of coronavirus deaths

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The White House is moving the goal posts once again. Instead of taking drastic action, like asking every state's governor to mandate a quarantine to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is quietly upping its projected death toll, just one day after stunning Americans with a six-digit death rate.

On Sunday President Donald Trump told Americans he thinks if 100,000 Americans die from coronavirus he will have done "a very good job."

On Monday Dr. Deborah Birx announced the White House is projecting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.

Tuesday evening, the number increased 20 percent.

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Olympic athletes in ‘impossible position’ – Canada

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Canadian Olympic chiefs said Monday the health and safety of athletes had prompted the country's decision to withdraw its team from the Tokyo Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A day after Canada became the first team to announce its withdrawal from the July 24-August 9 Games, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) chief David Shoemaker said athletes had been left in an "impossible position."

With public health authorities urging individuals to stay inside to curb the spread of COVID-19, athletes had been caught between a desire to heed health and safety advice while trying to minimize disruption to training programs.

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Elections 2016

Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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