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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.

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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 crown prince, known as MBS, ordered Khashoggi's death.

"The idea that it goes all the way to the top is blindingly obvious," said the State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "There's overwhelming consensus that the leadership is involved -- no one is debating it within the government."

While saying no doubts are expressed in the report, the official acknowledged that the words "probably" and "likely" are used when attributing the death to the crown prince. The source noted that CIA analysis reports rarely include explicit conclusions.

Among the evidence cited in the report, the official said, is the relationship between members of the kill team and the crown prince, and the hierarchy of the Saudi system. The official said the report is based on communication intercepts -- including prior phone calls between the kill team and aides for the crown prince -- and on the ground reporting and analysis. The official said the government's reporting was being updated daily.

"In the days ahead I expect we’ll be reviewing that full report and the president will be making the decisions about what the path forward is," Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Saturday.

"Recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate. There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi," said Heather Nauert, the department spokeswoman, on Saturday. "The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts."

She added that the U.S. will continue to investigate the murder while "maintaining the important strategic relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia."

ABC News reached out to Nauert for comment on this report Monday night but got no response.

The Saudis have denied the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing.

Trump, in an interview with Fox News that aired Sunday, made clear that an audio recording of Khashoggi's killing, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

"It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. I've been fully briefed on it, there's no reason for me to hear it," Trump said in the interview with Fox News Sunday. ''I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it."

Trump also noted that the crown prince has repeatedly denied being involved in the killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"Will anybody really know?" Trump asked. "At the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good."

On This Week Sunday, incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff told co-anchor Martha Raddatz it would be unlikely such a killing would occur without the Saudi crown prince’s knowledge.

“Given what we know of how the Saudi government operates and the crown prince's central role in that, it's very difficult for me to conceive of a murder of a prominent journalist and a critic being carried out without the crown prince's knowledge,” the California Democrat said.

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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 halt rocket attacks against Saudi Arabia and UAE, with violence in Yemen's main port Hodeida dying down as well.

But peace talks cannot come soon enough for Yemen, where it's estimated at least 10,000 civilians have been killed, starvation and diseases like cholera are widespread, and 14 million sit on the brink of famine.

Here's what you need to know about the conflict in Yemen, a country larger than California and home to more than 28 million people:

How did it start?

Politics in Yemen are complicated, and the history runs deep. The Houthis draw their roots from an old Shia movement that formed in the 1990s to push back on Ali Abdullah Saleh, the first president of a unified Yemen who ruled from 1990 until he was forced to resign in 2012.

Saleh was driven out by the same forces that fueled the Arab Spring across the Middle East -- national uprisings over discontent with the state of politics and the lack of economic opportunities. In Saleh's place, his vice president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi took over in 2012, backed by the Saudis -- Yemen's richer and more powerful neighbor to the north.

To get back into power, Saleh allied with the Houthis in 2014, and as massive protests pushed Hadi out of the country in 2015, their coalition, known as Ansar Allah, captured Yemen's capital Sanaa, the major port Hodeida, and more territory in the country's northwest. Fearful of the Houthis' ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia saw their march to power as a threat and went to war against them.

Who's involved?

The Saudis brought together a coalition including UAE, Bahrain and other traditional allies and began a military campaign in March 2015, with Defense Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman promising an easy, early victory. Their military support has been the muscle behind Hadi and his internationally recognized government against the strong coalition Ansar Allah, although Saleh broke away from the coalition and was killed days later in an assassination.

According to U.N. reports, Iran has provided weapons to the Houthis in violation of a U.N. arms embargo. But some analysts say it's not as close a proxy relationship as Iran has with other groups, like Shia militias in Iraq or Hezbollah in Lebanon.

After nearly four years, the Saudi coalition's air and naval blockade has choked off rebel-controlled territory -- and created a humanitarian disaster. With fighting largely stalemated for months now, Ansar Allah is still in control of major population centers like Sanaa and Hodeida, but the Yemeni government controls a majority of the country's territory.

Both the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition have been credibly accused by the U.N. of war crimes. In particular, the Saudis have been accused of indiscriminately bombing civilians and targeting civilian infrastructure to starve off their opposition -- bombings that have garnered international outrage.

What is America's role?

In Western countries, that outrage stems from the U.S. and U.K.'s military support for the Saudis and Emiratis.

When Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his campaign, the Obama administration supported him and the Royal Saudi Air Force, as the U.S. has for decades. Since then, the Pentagon has provided midair refueling for Saudi warplanes, assisted with intelligence and reconnaissance, conducted training to improve Saudi targeting, and sold them weapons and munitions.

That's in part because perhaps the strongest branch of al Qaeda resides in Yemen -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP. They have some of the strongest technical knowledge on how to produce stealthy bombs and sneak them onto commercial planes, presenting a threat to the U.S. and Americans. For years, the U.S. has conducted drone strikes against the group with the backing of the Saudi and Yemeni governments -- a campaign potentially threatened by the Houthis' rise to power.

The Trump administration has also highlighted Iran's support for the Houthis as a sign of Iran's "malign" activity in the region, saying their support for Saudi Arabia is about pushing back against its regional rival across the Middle East. When asked in a recent interview why Americans should care about Yemen, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited AQAP and Iran, saying the terror group "continues there to plot terror attacks on the United States of America" and Iran "continues to provide missiles and artillery that threatens Western interests."

But in recent months, calls for the U.S. to end that support for the Saudi coalition have yielded some results. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress have pushed the Trump administration to end any assistance, leading to an end to midair refueling earlier this month.

What's the toll?

The death toll in Yemen is in dispute, in part because it has become so difficult to report. Despite the ongoing carnage, for years the number that has been widely cited is 10,000 people killed after it was first mentioned by the U.N. in 2016. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights' office reported in April that 6,300 civilians had been confirmed killed, meaning the victims' name, age, and address were verified.

But analysts say those numbers are conservative, to say the least.

In fact, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, a research group that studies violence, nearly six times that amount have been killed in fighting since 2016, not the entirety of the war and excluding those killed by disease or starvation. The group Save the Children estimated last year that 130 children die every day from hunger and disease, with 50,000 children expected to die in 2017 alone.

While Yemen has been historically poorer than its neighbors, the war has exacerbated the situation and created a humanitarian crisis. The Yemeni economy has collapsed, leading to sky-high prices, little to no income for the majority of Yemenis, and few able to afford food or other basic necessities. While the warring sides siege cities or blockade ports, the world aid delivered to the country is often blocked from finding its way to those in need. Amid the starvation and violence, health care facilities have also been destroyed.

All of that could now put up to 14 million Yemenis on the brink of a famine, the U.N. warned in October. While a famine has not been declared, the U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council last week most fatalities occur before a famine is declared.

"Yemen remains the largest humanitarian disaster in the world," Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said Friday. "The fight against famine is ongoing. Women, children, and men are dying from preventable diseases. The economy remains on the verge of collapse. This requires urgent action from all of us."

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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 office or, of course, have a meet-and-greet with the big guy himself.

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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 account safety risks, whether the listings contribute to human suffering and other factors.

There are still listings on the site for places to stay in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank.

Israeli politicians blasted the decision.

Israel’s minister of tourism, Yariv Levin, told ABC News that the move was “a big shame” and “completely unacceptable.”

"It’s a double-standard decision that is unique only to Judea and Samaria and is not applied anywhere else in all over the world," Levin said, using Israel's terms for the West Bank. "We won’t accept it, we fight against it."

Human Rights Watch praised the decision, calling it a "breakthrough."

"Airbnb's decision to end its listings in illegal Israeli settlements is an important recognition that such listings can't square with its human rights responsibilities," Arvind Ganesan, the group's business and human rights director, said in a statement. "We urge other companies to follow suit."

Levin predicted apartment owners would pursue legal action in the United States, and he threatened to restrict Airbnb’s operations in Israel. “If this decision won’t be changed,” he said, “we’ll take every measure possible to restrict the operation of Airbnb here in Israel. There are no two Israels.”

Israel has controlled the West Bank and east Jerusalem since 1967 and has for decades built settlements there seen as illegal by most of the international community. Palestinians claim the territories as parts of a future Palestinian state.

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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, and he said we have a much different -- ‘we’re a forest nation.’ He called it a ‘forest nation.’ And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.”

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto later told a Finnish newspaper he had briefly discussed forest management with Trump while the two were in Paris for Armistice Day, but he did not recall mentioning "raking the forest."

While Finland's leader was bemused, Finns themselves were amused, especially with the hashtag "#haravointi," Finnish for "raking." According to the analytics firm Spredfast, Finland had the second-highest concentration of #haravointi tweets after the United States.

"Here I am just #raking around as all us #finns do to prevent forest fires," one person tweeted, along with a gif of a raking team.

Some punned on Trump's campaign slogan, with "Rake America Great Again" and "Make America Rake Again" both getting play:

Other home appliance forest clearing devices made their Twitter debuts as well.

The two massive wildfires still bedeviling the Golden State have left at least 80 dead and nearly 1,000 unaccounted for.

Trump initially drew criticism for a tweet appearing to blame California's forest management for the blazes and even threatening to withdraw federal funds if the state did not make unspecified changes.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," the president tweeted after the fires began. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

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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 children put a lot of pressure on parents to buy them expensive coats,” Head Teacher Rebekah Phillips told The Independent newspaper.

In a letter, the school informed parents that Canada Goose, Montcler and Pyrenex coats were going to be banned after the Christmas break, according to The Independent. The designer coats can often cost hundreds of dollars.

The concept of “poverty proofing” in the U.K. was pioneered by Children North East, a children’s charity, nearly seven and a half years ago. It is the process of auditing a school to take action against practices and policies that might stigmatize the poorest pupils, Luke Bramhall, school research and delivery lead at Children North East told ABC News. These measures can include training school staff on poverty and its impact on education.

“What we might deem as small practices have an incredible impact on students’ sense of belonging in the school day,” said Bramhall.

Some schools, like Woodchurch High School, have decided to create their own "poverty proofing" policies.

The move has seen a mixed reaction online. One social media user expressed dismay. "So to counteract 'poverty shaming' they introduce wealth shaming, If they really wanted to solve the problem they'd introduce a new coat as part of their uniform, I hope these poor children never have to spend a day in the real world."

But one man who described himself as a Woodchurch High School parent expressed relief that since the ban, he wouldn't have to pay up for a designer coat this Christmas.

Some say this is an important step on the way to reducing the adverse effects of poverty in the U.K.

“For us to be having this debate is so important,” Katie Schmuecker, head of policy at the anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation, told ABC News. “When we talk to parents they tell us about the stress they experience when that other children have and the worry they have about their children being bullied at school because they are not able to have a decent winter coat, let alone a designer winter coat.”

Child poverty in the spotlight


Professor Diane Reay, a sociologist at the University of Cambridge and author of “Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes,” told ABC News that education in the U.K. is increasingly “segregated” between rich and poor.

“Schools in the poorest areas have been bombarded with the impact of growing levels of poverty,” she said. “Social mobility has stagnated in the U.K. We are one of most immobile countries in [the] developed world.”

A recent U.N. study on poverty in the U.K. warned that “child poverty is rising again, and expected to continue increasing sharply in the coming years.”

“The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%,” the report said. “For almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain is not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one.”

The idea of “poverty proofing” in schools looks to be gaining ground in the U.K. The luxury coat ban at Woodchurch High School follows a similar decision at St. Wilfrid's Primary School in Blyth, England, earlier this year, in which designer pencil cases were banned to prevent poor students from being “stigmatized,” according to the BBC.

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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 survived.

Denis and his girlfriend had been dating for more than 13 years, one friend said, adding that she didn't believe him at first when he broke the news.

"Do you know how difficult it was for me to speak to Andy's soon-to-be fiancee?" the man asked. "... they were each other's lives."

Beltran said the trip turned from "two or three days of nothing but great memories" to catastrophe within five minutes.

The accident occurred on the last day of the trip, Beltran said, adding that the group was set to fly back to the U.S. the next day.

After the accident, Beltran and another friend stayed in Costa Rica for several days to await the arrival of the families of the deceased and help with the legal and funeral arrangements.

The group of 14 had traveled from Miami and arrived in Costa Rica on Oct. 18 to celebrate Beltran's upcoming wedding.

New video obtained by ABC News, taken just moments before the adventure turned deadly, showed the group loading up on inflatable rafts. The video also showed the popular Naranjo River raging after days of heavy rain.

Authorities in Costa Rica said that the river was swollen and that flooding alerts had been issued.

Chris Comas, who survived, directed ABC News to a statement put together by the men's families on a GoFundMe page.

In the statement, survivors and family said the men had been friends for years and had wanted to do something special before their friend's wedding day.

"Everyone struggled to get back on the rafts, with some efforts being successful, but ultimately the rafts continued to capsize due to the immense current. Within minutes, all of us were careening down the river with life jackets and helmets just trying to stabilize and find something to hold on to," the statement said.

"Throughout the dangerous ride down the river, all of us struggled to stay above water, swallowing lots of it on the way down as our bodies ricocheted against the rocks in the water while struggling to survive. Most of us were ultimately able to grab hold of rocks or barriers in or around the water and await the rescue teams to get to us. Unfortunately, not all of us were so lucky. Four of our dear friends drowned in those waters," the statement said.

Sierra, Caso, Lorenzo, Denis and Reid disappeared into the rapids and were carried downstream, authorities said.

"The family is completely devastated. He was the best blessing our family received on a Christmas morning. He has overcome so many obstacles in his life and we were completely proud. He had just graduated college and was studying for the LSATS," Denis' family said in a statement to ABC News.

Authorities searched for hours by air and by boat, before eventually recovering all five bodies before nightfall.

The case is being investigated, Marco Monge, a press officer for Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Organization, confirmed to ABC News last month.

An official at the Costa Rican Tourism Institute said the rafting company, Quepoa Expeditions, is under investigation and its offices have been raided.

The official told ABC News that a yellow advisory had been out for the river Saturday because of the flooding and that no other companies were on the river because of the conditions.

A GoFundMe campaign has been opened to pay for the funerals of the victims, Beltran said. Some of the funds will also go to Lorenzo's children, he added.

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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 Magazine.

Photos by @ChrisJack_Getty. pic.twitter.com/TinrDaELqc

— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) November 18, 2018

Last week, Clarence House released new family photographs of the whole family together, the first official photos of the whole family since the christening of Prince Louis in July.

The images showed the three men who will each be king: Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, all together.

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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 families with small children -- would risk their lives to get to a country that has explicitly said it will not let them in. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that people in the caravan will not be able to enter the U.S. illegally "no matter what," and many members of the Trump administration, including the president himself, have accused members of the caravan of being terrorists or gang members.

Many migrants have said that what spurs them on are the terrible conditions at home: Central America is wracked with violence and poverty, corruption and impunity.

But for LGBT migrants, the threat of violence is, in many cases, even greater, a 2017 Amnesty International report found, and "gay men and trans women are exposed to gender-based violence at every point on their journey in search of protection." Amnesty listed Mexico and Honduras among seven countries it finds as being deadly and discriminatory for LGBT people.

Mejia, 23, told reporters in Tijuana that the LGBT members of the caravan gravitated toward one another in search of support. For his part, Mejia was easy to find in the crowd. When ABC News spoke to him last month in the tiny town of Huixtla, Mexico, he was wearing a rainbow flag around his shoulders.

"At first I was afraid to wear the flag. I didn’t know how people would react," Mejia told ABC News in Spanish. "In Guatemala, people were asking me what country the flag was and I told them it was the flag of the world."

But in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, it was not viewed that way, he said.

"I was discriminated and beat up so it was time to go," Mejia explained.

He chose to join the caravan of thousands of other people, the majority of whom were also from Honduras, making their way to the U.S. border in the hopes of a better life.

Mejia said if he is able to make it to the border, he could make the case for political asylum.

"If I had the opportunity to make it to the border, I could show my representation of the community and ask for asylum, because [in the U.S.], there is a lot less discrimination than Honduras," he said.

Unable to speak out

Raul Valdivia, a gay man and human rights activist who still lives in Honduras, said he understands that discrimination firsthand.

"I've suffered many instances of discrimination based on my sexual orientation, but I remember the most violent came from state forces," Valdivia told ABC News. "I was abused by police while on one of my very first dates. They took me and the other guy to a dark secluded area in a park and forced us to simulate sex. They also beat us with a belt. These are police who patrol downtown Tegucigalpa and I have seen them after, but I'm unable to speak out for fear of repercussions."

Valdivia said LGBT people in his country face "assassinations, political attacks, legal discrimination and targeted street violence."

The country also has one of the highest homicide rates in the world outside of a war zone, according to the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). Authorities sometimes use gang violence as a cover for political and gender-based violence.

Nearly two thirds of Hondurans live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Corruption is a major issue, prompting the government to establish the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) in 2016 through an agreement with the Organization of American States, but much remains to be done.

"Marred by corruption and abuse, the judiciary and police remain largely ineffective. Impunity for crime and human rights abuses is the norm," a 2018 Human Rights Watch report found.

Those who choose to speak out face harsh reprisals. In 2016, U.N. experts called it "one of the most hostile and dangerous countries for human rights defenders." Human rights defenders routinely "suffer threats, attacks, and killings," Human Rights Watch found.

No change at the ballot box

In November 2017, the country held a presidential election with widespread reports of fraud and violence. Thousands took to the streets to protest the re-election of Juan Orlando Hernandez, who changed the constitution to allow himself to run again.

The government's "response to the post-electoral protests led to serious human rights violations," according to the U.N., and dozens were killed and more than 1,000 were arrested.

Unable to change their country at the ballot box, many Hondurans chose to flee. And experts say that although the size of this caravan has grabbed headlines, many more Hondurans quietly flee the country every year, leaving conditions that have dramatically worsened since the 2009 military coup, especially for LGBTQ people, journalists and human rights activists.

In 2009, gay human rights activist Walter Trochez, 25, was killed in Tegucigalpa after trying to draw attention to anti-LGBT violence by security forces.

In July 2017, David Valle, project coordinator of the Center for LGBTI Cooperation and Development, was stabbed in his home after receiving threats, Human Rights Watch reported. He survived the attack, but it highlighted the deadly violence LGBT people face in the country.

It is this environment that has prompted Hondurans to risk their lives on the journey north, both in caravans and on their own, experts say.

"As impressive in size as this caravan may be, it still represents a minute proportion of Central Americans -- today primarily Hondurans -- that are fleeing their communities," Alex Main, the director of international policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, told ABC News.

Policies spurring an exodus north

 But even facing extreme dangers along the way and an uncertain future in a country whose president says it does not want them, people have continued to flee Honduras. That will continue until there are real policy changes, Main said.

"This mass exodus will only abate when the rampant violence in Hondurans abates, and when real economic development begins to take hold. This will require a profound revision of current economic models promoted by the U.S. and multilateral financial institutions and the displacement of a corrupt economic elite that retains power through repression and electoral shenanigans," Main added. LGBT migrants and asylum seekers face dangers along the way, the Amnesty International report found, and often face discrimination and neglect in detention facilities as well.

Until then, migrants, including those in the LGBT community, will continue to trek to the U.S., as this recent caravan has.

Mejia said he hopes his group's early arrival will give them an advantage with border officials.

"We wanted to avoid what always happens, which is that if we arrive last, the LGBT community is always the last to be taken into account in everything," he said at a press conference Sunday. "So what we wanted to do is change that, and to be among the first, God willing, and request asylum."

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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 the South American country lost radio contact with the San Juan on Nov. 15, 2017, and were unable to locate the missing sub in following days and months.

The sub was discovered Friday by U.S. company Ocean Infinity, which was in charge of the search operation. The company sent out mini-submarines to the seabed, and one returned with definitive photo evidence of the wreckage of the submarine. In the deal that the Houston-based company made with the Argentine government, finding the wreckage of the submarine would trigger a payment of $7.5 million.

The same company struck a similar deal with the Malaysian government to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 earlier this year -- but came up empty in its search.

Utilizing the Norwegian ship Seabed Constructor, the 40-member team of specialists from Ocean Infinity set sail on Sept. 8 and were on their last day of work before heading back to port when they received indications of a 60-meter long wreckage or geological formation at a depth of 800 meters. They had already studied two dozen other such possibilities to no avail.

Three personnel from the Argentine Navy and four persons representing the families were also onboard Ocean Infinity's search vessel. Luis Tagliapietra, father of missing crew member Alejandro, told ABC News just two days ago that he was tired and frustrated as the ship began to head back to port after over two months of searching.

Attempts at communication with Tagliapietra or other family members aboard the search vessel were unsuccessful on Friday night.

The federal judge investigating the San Juan accident, Marta Yáñez, was optimistic about the potential for research into the disaster with the newly discovered images: "It's one thing to do guesswork. It's a whole different matter to analyze the images we have so specialists can assess what really happened."

A number of naval officials are under investigation for allegedly allowing the submarine to go on an extended mission when they had been warned of mechanical problems that warranted immediate attention, according to testimony in federal court.

Adm. Marcelo Srur, the head of the Argentine Navy, was axed last December in the wake of the submarine going missing.

The ship was taking part in a military exercise at the time it lost contact, and had just seven days’ worth of oxygen onboard.

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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 official said. The recordings contain conversations between the alleged killers, discussing in detail how they would attack and then murder Khashoggi, the senior official added.

The purported recording would disprove claims by Saudi Arabia that Khashoggi was killed after a botched kidnapping. On Thursday, Saudi officials offered yet another version of events, saying Khashoggi’s killing was a spur of the moment decision by the team.

“Sometimes mistakes happen,” the Saudi Foreign Minister told reporters.

In addition to audio from inside the Saudi consulate, the senior Turkish official told ABC News that investigators have another recording, taken at a location apart from the Saudi consulate or the Saudi consular residence where Turkey previously claimed Khashoggi's body had been taken.

The official claimed the other recording contains conversations which shed additional light on the nature of the killing and those who carried it out.

The existence of another recording was first reported by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. On Friday, the newspaper reported the details of a conversation among the Saudi team in the minutes before Khashoggi’s killing. That report also said Turkey has recordings of international phone calls made by the Saudi team after Khashoggi was killed.

A second Turkish official familiar with the investigation told ABC News the Hurriyet report was accurate.

The recordings have led Turkish investigators to determine that the plot was hatched in Saudi Arabia, the high-level Turkish official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the investigation and the recordings which have not been publicly released.

Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Khashoggi’s killing had been ordered at the “highest levels” in Saudi Arabia.

In a move that has increased pressure on the international community to respond to Khashoggi's killing, Turkey said it has shared audio related to Khashoggi's killing with several other countries, including the United States and Saudi Arabia.

"We gave them the tapes,” Erdogan said on Saturday in the first public acknowledgment of the recordings. “We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them.”

A French counterterror official who has read a transcript of the purported recording told ABC News that the alleged hit squad threatened to bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.

The recording also purports to capture the gory moment of Khashoggi's death inside the Saudi consulate. On it, a struggle can be heard followed by what is claimed to be Khashoggi's killing, according to a Western intelligence source who listened to part of the audio.

Canada and Germany have both acknowledged receiving intelligence from Turkey about recordings of the murder.

"We are in discussions with our like-minded allies as to the next steps with regard to Saudi Arabia," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. The account based on the recordings is among the latest in evolving -- often contradictory and competing -- narratives put forth by Turkey and Saudi Arabia as to what actually happened to Khashoggi, often through anonymously-sourced news reports.

For several weeks after Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on October 2, Saudi officials insisted he had walked out of the building after applying for a certificate allowing him to marry his Turkish fiancée.

The kingdom then changed its story to say the writer had died in a brawl with consulate officials. Eventually, Saudi Arabia admitted the killing was premeditated, saying Khashoggi was set upon as soon as he entered the building.

Shortly after Khashoggi went missing, Turkey alleged that the writer, who was critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was strangled and dismembered at the Saudi consulate by a 15-member assassination squad. No trace of Khashoggi's body has been found and Turkish officials have since suggested the remains could have been chemically dissolved.

Saudi officials characterized the killing as a rogue operation carried out by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority. Yet some of those implicated in the killing are close to the crown prince, including a member of the prince's entourage on foreign trips, who was seen at the consulate before Khashoggi's slaying.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects who have been detained in Saudi Arabia, so they can be put on trial in Turkey. They include the 15 members of the alleged assassination team.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist do not think it implicates Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his death.

"That is not the conclusion that the people who have heard it have come to," John Bolton told reporters at a summit in Singapore.

Bolton said Trump wants to learn the truth about what happened at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed.

"I have not listened to the tape myself, but in the assessment of those who have listened to it, it does not, in any way, link the crown prince to the killing," Bolton said.

Erdogan described the content of the recording as a "calamity" and insisted that Riyadh take decisive action against Khashoggi's alleged killers.

On Thursday, Saudi Arabia said five of the individuals detained could face the death penalty if found guilty. Later on Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions on 17 individuals for their roles in Khashoggi’s killing.

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Chris McGrath/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Friends and family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi gathered in the rain at Istanbul's Fatih Mosque, one of the city's oldest and most magnificent, to conduct funeral prayers over a bier that remained symbolically empty.

More than a month after the writer's murder inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, his remains have yet to be found by investigators, so prayers were held "in absentia."

Istanbul newspaper Hurriyet reported on Friday that Turkish authorities claimed to have an audio recording with a detailed discussion by members of the alleged assassination team about how they were planning to execute Khashoggi, 15 minutes before he arrived at the Saudi consulate building.

Turkish officials said assertions from Saudi Arabia that Khashoggi was killed after a botched kidnap attempt are contradictory to what is on the recordings, and said the writer was brutally strangled before he died, Hurriyet reported.

A day earlier, Saudi Arabia's lead prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb announced that 11 people have been indicted in connection with the murder, with five of those facing the death penalty if convicted. The prosecutor also revealed there are a further 10 suspects in custody in Saudi jails who have not yet been charged.

During the press conference, al-Mojeb said there was a struggle, during which Khashoggi was killed by lethal injection. Afterward, the prosecutor said, his body was cut up and taken out of the building. The journalist's remains were then taken by someone outside the consulate grounds, he said. The identity of the outside collaborator, in addition to the location of Khashoggi's body, remains unknown.

Khashoggi was a high-profile critic of Saudi policy and especially the Kingdom's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He had an appointment at the consulate to apply for paperwork that would have allowed him to marry his Turkish fiancé.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- One of London’s busiest parks was cordoned off Friday after an unexploded World War II mortar was discovered in a lake just yards from Kensington Palace.

Police responded to reports of a suspicious object in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake, which was found to be an unexploded mortar round. The device poses no danger to the public and has been removed, authorities said.

"Police are dealing with reports of a possible unexploded ordnance device partially submerged in The Serpentine, W1," London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "Specialist officers are attending and a cordon is currently in place between the Triangle car park and the boat house on Serpentine Road."

The Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park is a major tourist destination, located near a memorial to Princess Diana and the historic royal residency of Kensington Palace.

“We can confirm that a suspicious object, probably an unexploded WW2 bomb, has been found in the Serpentine Lake,” Royal Parks, the charity that manages Hyde Park, tweeted Friday morning. “Specialist police officers are on the scene and a cordon is currently in place between the Triangle car park and the boat house on Serpentine Road.”

The cordon has since been lifted and the park has reopened. Police at the scene told ABC News the device was about 12 feet long.

The United Kingdom was heavily bombed during World War II, so the discovery of unexploded bombs is a common occurrence. An estimated 10 percent of German bombs that hit the British Isles did not explode, according to Ministry of Defence data given to the BBC.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korea announced that its leader Kim Jong Un observed a “successful” and “highly significant” test of an “ultramodern tactical weapon,” according to state media Friday.

While the report did not say what kind of weapon it was, the announcement comes amid some renewed tensions with the U.S. and an impasse in talks over its nuclear weapons program.

Just last week, North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator abruptly canceled a trip to New York to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with those talks now postponed.

The North Korean regime also announced Friday that it had detained an American last month and would release him soon -- a gesture of goodwill despite the weapon test.

North Korean state media did not show the test, but said Kim was visiting a test site -- the first time he has supervised a weapons test since their last missile launch, an intercontinental ballistic missile tested in November 2017. The weapon’s development began under Kim’s father Kim Jong Il and its success made the young dictator miss him “very much,” state media reported.

A U.S. official told ABC News there was no missile launch and no missile trajectories were detected. At this point, they say this was probably a small tactical weapon, but an assessment is still underway.

Perhaps a troubling sign, a second official told ABC News there is no intelligence on the North Korea report beyond what state media has revealed.

But the Trump administration is trying to lower concerns about the test, brushing it off as bravado and a tit-for-tat response to recent developments.

“We remain confident that the promises made by President Trump and Chairman Kim will be fulfilled,” a State Department official told ABC News.

The U.S. and South Korea militaries conducted unit-level joint training earlier this month, exercises that the Pentagon says were never canceled as part of the agreement at the Singapore summit in June, while command-level major exercises were. But North Korea did not make a distinction and protested the training as an aggressive move by its neighbor and the U.S.

It was also reported Monday that the country continues to develop ballistic missile sites at more than a dozen locations, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond Parallel project.

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. will not require North Korea to provide a full list of its nuclear weapons facilities before Trump and Kim meet again -- an important demand that Pompeo had been pursuing in his talks, but that North Korea had been denying.

Instead, Pence told NBC News in an interview, the U.S. wants the outcome of that meeting to be a plan to identify all of North Korea’s weapons and sites, grant inspectors access to them, and outline how to dismantle them -- a tall order that critics say should have been outlined and agreed to before Trump ever met Kim.

North Korea also announced it will deport an American citizen it detained on Oct. 16 for illegally entering the country from China, according to state media. They said the man, reportedly named Bruce Byron Lowrance, will be released.

The State Department would only say that they are "aware of reports of the release of a US citizen who had been detained by the DPRK," but provided no other details.

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