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Safety lacking after Bangladesh factory disaster

A year after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building left more than 1,100 dead, Washington says it remains concerned about worker safety and rights in Bangladesh. In a briefing for journalists, a group of senior US officials said progress had been made getting the government in Dhaka to crack down on dangerous practices and give millions of workers in the country more power to protect themselves. But the country still has a ways to go, they said, after the deadliest textile factory disaster in history left 1,135 dead on April 24 last year.

Bangladesh seizes properties of owner of collapsed factory

The Bangladesh government has seized properties belonging to the owner of a building that collapsed and killed 1,138 garment workers, the worst industrial disaster in the country's history, an official said Thursday. Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza factory complex on the outskirts of Dhaka, was one of around 40 people whom police said this week would be charged in connection with the disaster on April 24 last year. He faces murder charges.

Owner of collapsed Bangladesh factory faces murder charges

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they will press murder charges against the owner of a nine-storey building that collapsed and killed 1,135 garment workers last April, the worst industrial disaster in the country's history. Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza factory complex on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, was one of around 40 people who would be charged in connection with the disaster, said lead investigator Bijoy Krishna Kar.

Pakistan court orders investigation of actress over sex tape

A Pakistani court on Monday ordered police to investigate whether to bring obscenity charges against a popular film actress allegedly involved in a sex tape controversy in the conservative Islamic country. Starlet Irtiza Rubab, known by her stage-name "Meera", has stated that a video purporting to show her and husband Naveed Pervaiz having intercourse was fabricated. The clip, which was released in January, went viral among Pakistani Internet users.

Japanese foreign minister meets Bangladeshi counterpart

Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Bangladeshi counterpart A.H. Mahmood Ali agreed in talks here Saturday to strengthen existing economic and trade relations and face the challenges of climate change. In the talks, Kishida announced that Japan will provide 120 billion yen (about $1.16 billion) in yen loans to finance infrastructure projects.

11 dead in Islamabad court suicide attack

At least 11 people were killed and 24 wounded Monday in a gun and suicide attack at a court complex in the heavily-secured Pakistani capital Islamabad, police said. Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years. "There was firing by two to three people followed by two suicide blasts which killed 11 people and wounded 24 others," Islamabad police chief Sikandar Hayat told reporters. "All the attackers fled though one sustained injuries in the leg and back."

2,000-km march for 'missing' nears end in Pakistan

After 2,000 gruelling kilometres on the road, a band of families led by a 72-year-old marching in protest over missing relatives reached the edge of the Pakistani capital on Friday. They are the relatives of people who have disappeared in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan, allegedly at the hands of the country's security services. The marchers, led by a retired banker known as Mama (uncle) Qadir, hope to present a petition to UN officials in Islamabad and meet foreign diplomats to raise awareness of their cause.

Cricket: Vincent admits not reporting bookie's approach

Former New Zealand international Lou Vincent confirmed Thursday that he failed to tell authorities when a bookmaker approached him about fixing a match in Bangladesh, but said that was the extent of any wrongdoing. Vincent said he had pleaded guilty to breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code by not reporting the approach while playing in the scandal-tainted Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last year.

Gunmen snatch militants from Bangladesh prison van, kill policeman

DHAKA (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire and tossed bombs on Sunday at a prison van carrying detained militants of a banned Islamist movement to a court house, killing a policeman and freeing three activists, police and witnesses said. Police said two cars blocked a highway in Mymenshing district, 122 km (76 miles) north of Dhaka, and set off several bombs. One policeman died on the spot and three were injured.

US to shift Bangladesh aid away from politicians

The United States said Tuesday it will curtail aid that benefits Bangladeshi politicians and redirect it to address labor and other concerns amid frustration over the country's prolonged political infighting. Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia, reiterated US calls for new elections after a January 5 vote boycotted by the opposition. She also urged Bangladesh to make greater strides in factory safety following a series of horrific disasters.
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