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WATCH: Mike Pence uses Jesus as a human shield to protect Trump

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After some reported wavering over the weekend, Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence is back on the Trump Train — and he’s apparently bringing a higher power with him.

Speaking at a campaign event in North Carolina on Monday, Pence talked about how his Christian faith has taught him to forgive people such as Donald Trump when they err, as Trump did when he talked about grabbing women “by the pussy” in a leaked tape.

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“My faith informs me that we’re to hold up a Godly standard,” Pence said. “But it also informs me that we all fall short. We all fall short of the glory of God. There’s no one righteous, other than The One. As I said last weekend, I don’t condone what was said, and I spoke out against it. But the other part of my faith is I believe in grace. I’ve received it. I’ve believed in it… Last night, my running mate, he showed the American people what was in his heart.”

Apparently, Trump’s “heart” told him to hold a press conference with women who in the past have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or assault, but Pence didn’t bring this up. Instead, he talked about the part of Trump’s “heart” that said he apologized.

“He showed humility to the American people,” Pence said. “And then he fought back and turned the focus to the choice that we face, and I am proud to stand with Donald Trump.”

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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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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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