**Clinton Blames Republicans for 'Total Mess'**
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has formally placed President Barack Obama's name up for the Democratic nomination during a nationally televised address Wednesday.
Mr. Clinton fired at the Republican party during his prime time speech at the Democratic National Convention, calling the Republican narrative an "alternative universe."
Mr. Clinton remains a popular figure among many Americans who recall the economic prosperity during his two terms in office in the 1990s.
The DNC aimed to strike at Mr. Romney's record as a businessman, which Mr. Clinton called "sterling" earlier this year.
Among the speakers Wednesday were three employees that were fired from companies controled by Bain Capital, an asset management firm that Mr. Romney co-founded and ran as CEO for several years. One of the employees said America cannot afford "Romney economics," which he said was "putting profits before working people."
** Rights Group Slams China for Forcibly Returning Burma Refugees**
Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to China accusing it of violating international law by forcing thousands of Burmese to return to their conflict-torn homeland.
The group says Beijing recently returned at least 4,000 ethnic Kachins who had fled to China's Yunnan province. It says they were sent home in late August after the government "summarily declared" they were not refugees.
Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting in northern Burma since June 2011, when a 17-year cease-fire between the military and the Kachin Independence Army collapsed.
China has denied forcibly returning the Kachins, saying they voluntarily eturned to Burma when the fighting ended. But Human Rights Watch says the violence continues in Kachin state and that thousands more are being displaced.