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Obama Sending The Wrong Message To Burma

This post come from Daniel Sullivan on behalf of United to End Genocide. Despite ongoing grave abuses against ethnic groups, last week President Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Burma. While important reforms have begun in Burma, a presidential visit was a reward too far and sends the wrong message. U.S. policy of […]

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH — It is not the most glamorous of campuses: a handful of converted apartment blocks, huddled around a short, narrow gated street that ends in a small garden. Tucked away inside the buildings, there is a small library, a dining hall, a doctor’s clinic, classrooms and a small gym where karate classes are […]

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Thousands of people have protested in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, after a fire at a garment factory killed more than 100 people over the weekend. Demonstrators blocked roads and some threw stones and attacked vehicles in the industrial suburb of Ashulia, demanding justice for those who died. Hundreds of factories are shut ahead of a […]

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Blaze doused in 12-storey building, just two days after deaths of at least 110 textile workers in Dhaka inferno. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Dhaka A fire that broke out in a 12-storey building housing four different garment factories in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has been almost brought under control, police say. There were […]

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Death trap

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It did not look like a workplace — rather a set-up for confinement. The factory of Tazreen Fashion Ltd, spreading across 131,750 sq ft, had no staircase mounted to the outside of the building — for emergency exit. From outside, it appears each of the 16,145 sq ft-wide floors of the eight-storey building has adequate […]

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Probe finds messy work of contractor; death toll 12 The operation continues on Sunday to rescue those trapped under the collapsed girders of the under-construction flyover at Bahaddarhat in Chittagong city. The absence of safety measures at the construction site of Bahaddarhat flyover in the port city led to the 12 deaths in the collapse […]

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Grief-struck

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Worst-ever factory fire toll climbs to 111; workers forced to work even after alarm bell rang; safety compliances below par A woman cries her heart out at the sight of the body of a relative killed in the Nishchintapur tragedy. The photo was taken on Sunday at the playground of a local school where the […]

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Source: Foreign Policy Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2012’s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them. In 2012, the hopes for the Arab Spring began fading into cynicism as the world watched Syria descend into civil war, while the region’s nascent democracies struggled with their newfound freedom. But, meanwhile, one […]

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About 17,000 delegates expected to attend the latest round of the climate talks, with carbon permits high on the agenda. The COP presidency was handed to Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Qatar’s deputy prime minister [EPA] The 18th United Nations climate change conference (COP18) has opened in the Qatari capital. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African foreign minister, officially […]

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3 deals signed; recruitment to start next year Kuala Lumpur on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dhaka on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia lifting a nearly four-year ban on the manpower recruitment. The MoU was signed by Malaysian government’s Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S Subramaniam and Bangladesh Expatriates’ Welfare and […]

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Cannot play media. You do not have the correct version of the flash player. Download the correct version Unverified video posted by opposition activists purportedly showed cluster bombs in Deir al-Asafir and rebels in Marj al-Sultan military base Activists in Syria say a government jet has dropped a cluster bomb on a playground, leaving 10 […]

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A female staff has confessed to setting fire to a garment factory in Ashulia on Sunday for Tk 20,000 from an official of the unit. Nineteen-year-old Sumi Akhter made the confessional statement before Senior Judicial Magistrate Wasim Sheikh of Dhaka Monday afternoon. Sumi admitted that she set fire to Debonair Limited Sunday afternoon after receiving […]

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