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China Defends Return of Uighurs from Thailand

China says 109 ethnic Uighurs who were deported from Thailand last week were heading to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to join Islamic militants. Beijing defended the return of the group Saturday in response to international criticism by the United States, the United Nations and independent human rights groups who expressed concerns the Uighurs could be subjected to serious abuses upon their return. "As we all know, it's a universally recognized crime to engage in illegal immigration...

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