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Bangladesh building disaster death toll passes 500

The death toll from the collapse of a factory complex in Bangladesh passed 500 Friday as the prime minister said Western retailers had to share some responsibility for the plight of garment workers. It also emerged that an engineer who had warned that the building may be unsafe before it…

Bangladesh bosses plead with Western firms to keep doing business with them after tragedy

Bangladeshi textile bosses pleaded Monday with Western clothing giants to keep doing business with them after nearly 400 people died in a factory collapse as hopes of finding more survivors faded. Organisers of the mammoth rescue effort ordered in cranes on Monday to clear the ruins of what was once…

Bangladesh’s garment industry blamed as disaster toll hits 175

Survivors cried out to rescuers Thursday from the rubble of a block of garment factories in Bangladesh that collapsed killing 175 people, sparking criticism of their Western clients. As the plaintive appeals from the site of Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster filtered through the concrete, relatives desperate for news of their…

Bangladesh widens crackdown on ‘blasphemous’ atheist bloggers

Bangladesh has widened a crackdown on allegedly blasphemous blogs after a threat by Islamic groups to march to the capital demanding the prosecution of atheist bloggers, an official said Wednesday. The telecommunications regulator ordered two leading Internet sites to remove hundreds of posts by seven bloggers whose writings it said…

Bangladesh approves law to execute convicted war criminals

Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on Monday changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted. The move came amid huge demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people in Dhaka for the past seven days…

Bangladesh teacher arrested over banned book

A head teacher in Bangladesh has been arrested after a banned book regarded by some Muslims as blasphemous was found in her college, police said Wednesday. Yunus Ali was arrested from the KC Technical and Business Management College in the coastal district of Pirojpur after police discovered a copy of Taslima Nasreen’s novel “Lajja” (“Shame”)…

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