Death toll tops 600 in Bangladesh building collapse

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The European Union has said it could restrict Bangladesh‘s access to its crucial market if the nation fails to ensure that basic labor standards are enforced.

“We are going to make it very clear to the Bangladeshi government that they have to take immediate action with a precise timeline,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht told Sky News. Otherwise, he said, the EU will conduct an investigation that could lead to trade restrictions.

“Not because we want to hurt Bangladesh, but because what is happening is simply not acceptable,” he said. “From a humane point of view, we cannot afford that, and we have to do something about it.”

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