Bangladesh says it now meets conditions put forward by the US for better safety and workers' rights in its factories. Trade restrictions were put in place two years ago after two disasters killed some 1,200 workers.
Unions at a global clothing brand hope its agreement to pay to meet fire and building safety regulations in 150 garment factories in Bangladesh could herald a new era. Time will tell if other brands follow suit.
The boiler explosion death toll at a Bangladeshi garment factory has risen to 10. Another 40 people have undergone treatment. The blast after maintenance checks happened while most workers were still away on holiday.
Three years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh killed more than 1,100 workers, the rubble still hasn't been cleared. And although regulatory scrutiny has increased, the region still has a long way to go in terms of improving labor rights.
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