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Mega-chain the Children’s Place continues to source clothes in unsafe Bangladesh sweatshops

Bangladesh sweat shopsOn March 2, 135 large cardboard boxes arrived at the Port of Savannah, in the U.S. state of Georgia. They were packed with hundreds of pairs of shorts in two patterns and delivered to the warehouses of the largest kids’-clothing-only retailer in the United States, the Children’s Place.

The first pattern featured blue pineapples on red cotton twill and the second, red palm trees on a dark blue background. Both styles were a bargain, just $19.95 at retail and, after discount, well under half that on TCP’s website at the time of writing. Belying their carefree design, the mini surfer dude shorts came from a cheerless factory in a landlocked city in a country half a world away — Shams Styling Wears, located on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.


IS causes 'severe damage' to Palmyra's Temple of Bel

Palmyra temple damagedThe Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of another temple at the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra, activists and witnesses say.

The extent of the damage to the Temple of Bel is not clear but residents have described a large explosion.  A week ago IS published images of what appeared to be the destruction of another part of the site, the Temple of Baalshamin.


Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents

Saudi strike kills civiliansAn air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.

In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city.


Fire at Saudi oil company residence kills 11

Fire in Saudi oil company residence kills 11— A large fire broke out Sunday in the basement of a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich east, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200, officials in the kingdom said.

The blaze began early in the morning in a multistory residential compound known as Radium in the eastern city of Khobar. The complex houses workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the OPEC powerhouse.


Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling

Video of israeli soldier and Palestinian woman scufflingA video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.

In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen holding a 12-year-old boy, his arm in a cast, in a chokehold in an attempt to arrest him. The soldier is swarmed by the boy's female relatives, including his mother and sister, who pull at his skin and uniform and slap him. The boy's sister, a 15-year-old sporting a blonde braid, is seen biting the soldier's hand. Bystanders yell, "He is a little boy. His arm is broken."


Riot police break up Beirut anti-government protest

Riot police break up Lebanon protestsRiot police have broken up an anti-government protest in Beirut where at least 10,000 people had gathered to demonstrate against a services crisis.

The police chased men and women from the city's Riad al-Solh square shortly after 10pm, beating both men and women as they cleared the area. Several protesters were arrested.

The demonstrators had gathered in downtown Beirut to call for the resignation of officials responsible for the current waste crisis and for new elections.


Migrant children rescued from Austria minivan 'recovering'

Miivan children recovering in AustriaThree children are recovering in hospital in Austria after being rescued from a minivan containing 26 migrants.

Police said the severely dehydrated children would not have lasted much longer in the cramped vehicle.  The minivan was stopped in Braunau district on Friday and the Romanian driver was arrested after a chase.

Separately, four men appeared in court in Hungary following the discovery last week of another truck in Austria containing the bodies of 71 people.


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