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Donald Trump plugs NYC explosion as reason to vote for him — then brags about his poll numbers

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At a rally in Colorado, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wasted no time seizing upon on the Saturday night explosion in New York City as a reason to vote for him, then went on to brag about his recent poll numbers.

“Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” Trump said, “but we are living in a time when we’ve got to get very tough, folks. We’ve got to get very, very tough.”

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He went on, “It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant. We’re gonna end it. We’re gonna end it.”

He went on to say how happy he is to be in Colorado, “and a new poll from Emerson just came out and we’re up four points in Colorado!”

An estimated 26 people were injured in the explosion in New York City’s Chelsea district. One person received “moderate” wounds. Officials have said they believe an explosive device was planted in a dumpster, but have urged the public to be calm and wait for more information.

Watch the video, posted to Twitter by David Itzkoff, embedded below:

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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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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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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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