Firms back Bangladesh safety plan

The owner of TopShop has joined other retailers including Primark and H&M in signing up to a deal on better safety checks in Bangladesh aimed at preventing any repeats of the building collapse that left more than 1,000 workers dead.

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Labour organisation calls for new laws in Bangladesh

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on Bangladesh to speed up the introduction of a new labour law, after more than 500 people were reported to have been killed when a building collapsed near the capital.

ILO's deputy director-general for field operations Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo said that international buyers needed to ensure their local business partner respected labour laws as well as building and construction standards:

What we believe clearly is that the buyers before deciding to do business with a local employer, have to make sure that the country's labour code is in place, is respected which include different dimensions including the workers protection, the safety and other laws respected by the local company before they get into business with.

– GILBERT FOSSOUN HOUNGBO, INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION'S DEPUTY Director-General

Arrested engineer warned Dhaka building was 'unsafe'

As the death toll of the Bangladesh factory building that collapsed last Wednesday surpasses 500, the operation continues to recover bodies from the wreckage.

Police have said they have arrested an engineer who warned the day before that the eight-storey complex was unsafe.

Workers search the site of the building collapse

Police said Adbur Razzak had been arrested because he had been involved in the original construction of the building.

His arrest brings the total number of people held over the disaster to nine.

A man holds a picture of his relatives

Relatives of people presumed to have died face the daunting task of identifying their loved ones among lines of bodies that have been recovered.

A woman looks at a body recovered in the rubble. Credit: Reuters

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Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse rises to 450

Rescue workers are still searching for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building. Credit: REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku

The death toll from the Bangladesh building collapse has risen to 450 people, authorities have said, as workers use cranes to remove the rubble.

The rescue effort is continuing at the site in Savar, around 19 miles outside Dhaka, though proceeding cautiously to keep bodies intact.

The official number of people missing stands at 149, though unofficial estimates are higher.

Bangladesh factory disaster death toll rises to 430

Rescue workers attempt to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar. Credit: REUTERS/Khurshed Rinku

The death toll from the factory building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh has risen to 430 as rescuers continue to recover bodies from the wreckage.

The mayor of the Bangladesh municipality was suspended from office on Thursday, according to a government minister.

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