After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Nov 29, 2014

After scandals, Thailand votes to ban commercial surrogacy

Thailand’s parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy after outrage erupted over the unregulated industry following a series of scandals including the case of an Australian couple accused of abandoning a baby with Down syndrome. A draft bill, which will see those caught profiting ...

Nov 27, 2014

Iran arrests beggar with thousands in pockets, more in bank

A beggar arrested in Iran on Wednesday had millions of rials (thousands of dollars) in his pockets and a great deal more in two bank accounts, an official said. The unidentified 64-year-old, a former street vendor, was stopped by a police patrol cracking down ...

Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

Nov 18, 2014

Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

A “historic high” of nearly 2.5 million children in the United States, or 1 in every 30 kids, experienced homelessness last year, according to a new study released Monday. The number reflects the national rate of poverty and a lack of affordable housing, among ...

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Nov 17, 2014

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a ...

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy  ends sea rescues

Nov 1, 2014

Migrants' lives in peril as Italy ends sea rescues

Italy said Friday it will close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a “surge of deaths” in the Mediterranean. Interior Minister ...

No easy retirement in South Korea

Oct 27, 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meager or non-existent pensions. But President Park Geun-hye’s vision of a new “creative economy” seems to have ...