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 garment 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.
Four years ago the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,100 people. Working conditions have improved since then, but wages have not. Maria Zimmerman reports from Dhaka.
Bangladesh has had a strong record on human development in recent years. But child labor remains an endemic problem, concluded a new study. DW spoke to the report's co-author Maria Quattri about their findings.
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