• Western retirees at Thai resort busted for playing bridge

    BANGKOK (AP) — Almost three dozen mostly elderly bridge-playing Westerners have found themselves the surprise targets of a vice crackdown under Thailand’s military government.

  • In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, Pattaramon Chanbua kisses her baby boy Gammy at a hospital in Chonburi province, southeastern Thailand. The newborn Down syndrome baby left by his Australian biological father with his poor surrogate mother in Thailand was one of several cases of surrogate children abandoned because of defects, an expert told a parliamentary inquiry on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The high-profile case of baby Gammy prompted the Thai government to ban surrogacy in 2014, and an Australian parliamentary committee launched a review of Australia's laws that prohibit commercial surrogacy. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong, File)

    Expert: Parents often won’t take surrogate kids with defects

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A newborn Down syndrome baby left by his Australian biological father with his poor surrogate mother in Thailand was one of several cases of surrogate children abandoned because of defects, an expert told a parliamentary inquiry on Thursday.

  • In this Nov. 20, 2015 file photo, Chinese journalist Li Xin talks to an Associated Press reporter over Skype, at the Associated Press office in New Delhi, India. A Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad turned up Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 telling his wife by phone he voluntarily returned to China for an investigation, in the latest case of Beijing’s increasingly strong reach beyond its borders for wanted people. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

    Missing reporter turns up, saying he returned to China

    BEIJING (AP) — The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad said she was able to speak to him by phone Wednesday and he told her he had voluntarily returned to China for investigation, but she believes he was forced back and spoke against his own will.