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Uzbekistan hopes for 'white gold' rush after cotton boycott lifted

Crop has been both a boon and a curse for the Central Asian nation

An Uzbek worker pushes raw cotton: The International Labor Organization says forced labor in the industry has fallen to negligible levels.   © Reuters

ALMATY -- The future is looking brighter for Uzbekistan's cotton industry, after a coalition of pressure groups lifted a global boycott that lasted over a decade and was joined by the likes of Adidas and H&M. 

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