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Bangladesh factory fire puts new spotlight on worker safety

Improvements incomplete and focused on export businesses, say critics

Onlookers gather near a beverage and food factory on July 11, after a fire gutted the building in the Narayanganj district, near Dhaka, three days earlier.   © AFP/Jiji

DHAKA -- The recent deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory has brought fresh scrutiny of the country's record on workplace safety and labor protections, particularly in industries that serve the domestic market.

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