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Ramires to miss rest of league season

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 10:16
Chelsea midfielder Ramires accepts the Football Association's charge of violent conduct for fracas in defeat to Sunderland.

Mother charged with three murders

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 10:12
A mother is charged with murdering three of her children who were found dead at their home in south-west London.

New Russia drills after Ukraine raid

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 10:03
Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east.

What has changed one year after Rana Plaza

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-24 10:01

On April 24, 2013 an eight-story factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, in a complex called "Rana Plaza."

1,129 workers died. More than 2,500 were injured, many seriously so.

The factory made clothing for companies all over the world, from Walmart to Benetton.

The BBC's Akbar Hossain covered the collapse and the aftermath. In the year since, he's spoken with workers and factory owners. He told Marketplace's David Gura about the past year in Bangladesh's garment industry:

Q: What sort of tangible changes have you seen to these factories in Bangladesh? Do they look different?

To be very honest, the situation and the physical infrastructure [of most factories] has not changed yet. Workers [still] are alleging that they're working in very dangerous conditions. 

There are factories in Bangladesh that are very compliant...they meet all the standards of international buyers. But there are many factories which don't even comply with the minimum standards in Bangladesh. And thousands of workers are working there -- there's a problem.

Q: This is an issue that attracted so much attention globally. There was a compensation fund that was intended to raise at least $40 million for victims. This hasn't happened yet. Why?

Bangladeshi garment owners are saying they couldn't insure the factories safety and standards because internatioanl buyers always want cheaper garments from Bangladesh. So they have to maintain the factories in cheaper ways. 

Bangladesh's garment industry is a huge industry for Bangladesh. It earns $20 billion every year. More than 5 million people are directly employed in the garment industry, and there are [many] other people who have links. 

Q: Rana Plaza did contract work for some big western companies, like Mango and Benetton. Have you seen these businesses travelling more to Bangladesh? Taking a closer look since this happened?

The Rana Plaza disaster was a wake up call for the Bangladeshi garment indsustry, and it was a wake up call for international garments and brands also. They are coming to Bangladesh. I've talked to Trade Union Leaders, and they are telling me, yes, international buyers are now more serious. They're trying to maximize they're profit, but now they're focusing on the safety issues. They're actually pressing garment factory owners to insure a safer workplace.

So things are changing, things have worked, but things are going very slow.

Gun attack on house 'was hate crime'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:57
A family of seven escape injury in a gun attack on a house in west Belfast in an incident being treated as a hate crime by police.

Kenyan officials wrangle over status

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:57
Kenyan MPs propose making it a criminal offence to address an official incorrectly, the latest move in a status struggle with newly created governors.

Pope OKs Communion For The Divorced? Not So Fast, Vatican Says

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:51

Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.

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A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:48

International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

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Police search after eagle disappears

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:36
Police say they are investigating the disappearance of the first white-tailed sea eagle to be raised in the east of Scotland in almost 200 years.

American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:14

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. Vice says he is now safe and in good health.

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Deadly air strike on Syria market

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:06
A Syrian government air strike on a market in a rebel-held town in Aleppo kills more than 20 people, activist groups say.

Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 09:04

The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.

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France mulls GPS car-sharing app ban

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:53
The French government has moved to quell growing tensions between the taxi industry and private car-sharing rivals.

John Paul II crucifix crushes man

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:51
A 21-year old man has been crushed to death by a crucifix erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy.

A change of tack on Syria

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:46
A change of tack on Britons heading for Syria

South Sudan treason charges dropped

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:39
South Sudan withdraws charges against four top politicians accused of the alleged coup plot that triggered the civil war.

Human skin grown in laboratory

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:37
Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.

Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:34

The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.

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Crime falls 15% in England and Wales

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:30
Overall crime in England and Wales falls by 15% in 2013, an official survey shows - but there are signs, according to police figures, of rises in certain categories.

Barclays wins pay package vote

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-24 08:24
Barclays shareholders vote to approve the bank's remuneration package, which includes higher bonuses despite a 30% fall in profits.
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