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At least 40 killed in bombing of Afghan religious celebration: Officials
iStock/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- A large explosion at a wedding hall in Afghanistan's capital has killed at least 40 people and injured more than 60 others, the country's health ministry said. The people had gathered to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, authorities said, and preliminary information shows the explosion may have been a suicide attack.The number of people injured or killed in the blast could rise, authorities added. Story developing... Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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'Blindingly obvious' that Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi murder: Source
FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Over the weekend, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. government would complete a "full report" on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Tuesday while denying reports that the CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing."They haven’t accessed anything yet -- it’s too early,” Trump said. “That was a very premature report. But that’s possible. We’re gonna see.”But a State Department official who has seen a version of the CIA's assessment on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi told ABC News it's "blindingly obvious" that the...
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What you need to know about the conflict in Yemen
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The two warring parties in Yemen have agreed to come to peace talks in Sweden, amid a push to finally end the civil war in the Arab world's poorest country.The Yemeni government, which has been militarily backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will participate in "consultations" with the Houthi rebels, a religious-political movement aligned with Iran, a diplomat familiar with the talks told ABC News.The announcement is the latest in a series of small steps of progress coming shortly after the two sides have neared a cease-fire. The Houthis announced Monday they would...
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A Christmas-themed amusement park exists in Finland
SantaPark Arctic World (ROVANIEMI, Finland) -- You know how we all have that one friend who loves Christmas? Like, loves loves it? Well, prepare to blow his or her mind. In Finland, there's a Christmas-themed amusement park.It's underground, run by elves and has been called the best Christmas destination in the world.Since 1998, SantaPark Arctic World has been delighting visitors. Its 2018 season has just begun.So what does one do at a Christmas theme park? Attend elf school, of course. Decorate cookies. Even ride a magical train through an enchanted forest.You can mail letters to Santa from the bustling post...
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Airbnb to no longer allow listings in Israeli settlements in West Bank
iStock/Thinkstock (JERUSALEM) -- Airbnb said Monday that it would no longer allow listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.The short-term home rental company said in a press release that it had previously allowed the listings – around 200 – as U.S. law permitted Airbnb to operate in the disputed territory, but that it had "wrestled with this issue and we have struggled to come up with the right approach."After consulting experts, Airbnb said, it came up with a framework for its policy in disputed regions, which it said it would consider on a case-by-case basis. The framework takes into...
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'Rake America Great Again': Finns troll President Trump over forest raking comment
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The rakes are out for President Donald Trump.Twitter erupted this weekend with mockery of the president after he claimed, during a visit to a scorched California town, that the leader of Finland had told him the Northern European country prevented wildfires in part by raking their forests."You gotta take care of the floors," Trump said Saturday while touring Paradise, California, a town devastated by the Camp Fire, the most destructive in the state's history."You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland,...
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British school bans pricey Canada Goose coats in hopes of preventing 'poverty shaming'
Noam Galai/WireImage (WIRRAL, England) -- With the coldest months of winter fast approaching, a school in the U.K. has banned luxury coats in order to help “poverty proof” its educational environment.The head teacher at Woodchurch High School in Wirral, England, moved to ban coats made by expensive brands after consulting with both parents and pupils. Students will no longer be allowed to sport jackets from Canada Goose, Moncler or Pyrenex, in order to reduce the stress on low-income families to spend beyond their means in order to keep up with higher earners.“We are very concerned about the fact that our...
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Groom describes difficulty of losing friends during Costa Rica rafting accident
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Members of a bachelor party, which turned tragic after a whitewater-rafting accident in Costa Rica killed several attendees, described to ABC News how difficult it was to inform their families.Luis Beltran, the groom, and 13 of his friends and family were on a rafting tour on Oct. 20 when all three rafts they were occupying capsized, killing Beltran's brother, Sergio Lorenzo, and Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso and Andres Denis. Kevin Thompson Reid, 45, a Costa Rican guide, also died in the accident. The Americans killed were aged 25 to 35, and the remaining tourists and guides...
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Magazine features new photo of Prince Louis with grandfather Prince Charles
Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images (LONDON) -- A new photo of baby Prince Louis being held by his grandfather, Prince Charles, was published Monday in the British news outlet Sunday Times Magazine.The photo, taken by longtime royals photographer Chris Jackson, who's been photographing the family for more than 15 years, came just days after Charles' 70th birthday last week on Nov. 14.It features the heir apparent to the British throne embracing his youngest grandson, offering a rare, candid glimpse at Charles as a doting grandfather. HRH The Prince of Wales on and off duty in today’s Sunday Times...
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Threat of violence at home spurs LGBT migrants on to the border
Robert Zepeda/ABC News (TIJUANA, Mexico) -- A group of LGBT migrants was among the first members of the so-called caravan to arrive in Tijuana this week, seeking asylum from some of the most violent countries in the world where gay and trans people are particularly targeted, according to Amnesty International. "We came with the caravan, and the caravan continues," Cesar Mejia told reporters in Tijuana earlier this week. Mejia said their group included about 80 people, including children, from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. A greater threat of violence From the outside, many don't understand why people -- including...
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Argentine submarine found on bottom of Atlantic Ocean after year of searching
iStock/Thinkstock (BUENOS AIRES) -- An Argentine submarine that went missing almost exactly one year ago has been found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.The Argentine Navy and Defense Ministry confirmed late Friday evening that the remains of the ARA San Juan submarine had been located in the south Atlantic Ocean at a depth of about 800 meters (approximately a half-mile), about 700 miles due east of the Argentine city of Puerto Madryn.The families of the 44 crew members who perished in the accident have been summoned to Mar del Plata Naval Base to be officially informed this weekend.Officials in...
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Alleged Khashoggi killers discussed plot minutes before he arrived: Turkish officials
Chris McGrath/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The team of alleged assassins sent to murder Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi discussed their plan to kill the writer while he was making his way to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, a high-level Turkish official familiar with the investigation told ABC News. The exchange, captured on recordings of Khashoggi’s killing and the moments leading up to it, are part of the focus of Turkish investigators, the official said. The extended recording allegedly includes a conversation among the assassination team about their plan just 15 minutes before Khashoggi arrived at the consulate, the senior...
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