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Correction: Bangladesh-Safety Accord story

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a March 10 story about problems highlighted by inspections at clothing factories in Bangladesh, The Associated Press erroneously reported that two of the ten factories in the first batch of inspections were forced to partially close. The two factories that faced partial closures were in a second batch of ongoing inspections. A corrected version of the story is below: Group: 1,500 Bangladesh factories to be inspected Organizers of Bangladesh safety accord say 1,500 factories will be inspected by end of August By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

Cricket: Pakistan to join Bangladesh Asia Cup security meeting

Pakistan will send an official to assess security in Bangladesh before next month's cricket Asia Cup, officials said Wednesday, after a wave of election-related violence. Violence linked to polls in Bangladesh has claimed more than 150 lives since October, but the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has said the country would still host the five-nation tournament due to start on February 25.

Cricket: Pakistan to join Bangladesh Asia Cup security meeting

Pakistan will send an official to assess security in Bangladesh before next month's cricket Asia Cup, officials said Wednesday, after a wave of election-related violence. Violence linked to polls in Bangladesh has claimed more than 150 lives since October, but the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has said the country would still host the five-nation tournament due to start on February 25.

US outlines steps for Bangladesh to protect workers if it wants trade benefits restored

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Friday urged Bangladesh to take measures to protect workers' rights and improve factory conditions if it wants to have trade benefits restored. The Obama administration suspended Bangladesh's preferential trade arrangements on June 27 to press the country to address worker safety. A building collapse in April killed 1,127 workers in what was the deadliest incident in the history of the global garment industry. The collapse came just months after 112 Bangladesh workers died in a garment factory fire.

U.S. outlines steps for Bangladesh to restore trade benefits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative's Office on Friday outlined a series of steps that it urged Bangladesh to take to improve factory conditions and workers rights in order to have U.S. trade benefits restored. President Barack Obama revoked longtime trade benefits for Bangladesh following a garment factory collapse in April and a factory fire in November that together killed more than 1,200 people.

US retailers set safety plan for Bangladesh factories

Seventeen leading US and Canadian clothing retailers announced on Wednesday a program to enforce safer conditions for workers in Bangladesh garment plants, after the collapse of a factory building killed more than 1,100. The retailers, led by Walmart and Gap, called the safety record of Bangladesh factories "unacceptable" and said that all parties involved in the country's huge garment export industry needed to be accountable, including factory owners and the government as well as buyers.

US retailers set safety plan for Bangladesh factories

Seventeen leading US and Canadian clothing retailers announced on Wednesday a program to enforce safer conditions for workers in Bangladesh garment plants, after the collapse of a factory building killed more than 1,100. The retailers, led by Walmart and Gap, called the safety record of Bangladesh factories "unacceptable" and said that all parties involved in the country's huge garment export industry needed to be accountable, including factory owners and the government as well as buyers.

US suspends Bangladesh trade privileges after garment industry disaster

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced Thursday the suspension of U.S. trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labour rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. In a proclamation, Obama said Bangladesh was not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to employees in the South Asian country.

Swedish retailer H&M supports new factory safety accord in Bangladesh after building collapse

STOCKHOLM - Swedish fashion retailer H The company described safety issues as "extremely important," saying that it supports the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, initiated by IndustriALL Global Union. "The parties will be committed to the goal of a safe and sustainable Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment industry in which no worker needs to fear fires, building collapses or other accidents that could be prevented with reasonable health and safety measures," the company said in a press release. "H Forty garment buyers, including Wal-Mart, H

Credit agency Moody's says violent strikes, factory disasters pose risk to Bangladesh rating

Moody's says garment factory disasters in Bangladesh and frequent, increasingly violent strikes pose risks to the country's credit rating. The ratings agency says Thursday that political tensions are damaging confidence in Bangladesh, which has a rating below investment grade. A general strike was called earlier this week by opposition political parties to protest the deaths of at least 29 people during street demonstrations Monday.
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