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Western Retailers To Fund Upgrades At Bangladesh Factories

Sweden-based H&M and Inditex were joined by other brands in saying they would sign a legally binding pledge to fund safety improvements at Bangladesh garment factories.

Fashion Retailers Agree To Safety Plan After Factory Collapse

Three of the world's largest clothing chains, including H&M and the owner of the Zara chain, have agreed to pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladeshi factories. The announcement comes three weeks after a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers in Dhaka.

After The Quake In China: A Survivor's Story

Natural disasters make the headlines. But we rarely hear how the survivors are doing years later. Here's the story of Zhang Ming, who suffered devastating losses in the 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.
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Jessica Buchanan & Erik Landemalm: "Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping Of Jessica Buchanan And Her Dramatic Rescue By SEAL Team Six"

The rescue of an American aid worker kidnapped in Somalia. The story of her ordeal and why she intends to return to Africa.


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Five Years After A Quake, Chinese Cite Shoddy Reconstruction

A massive 2008 temblor in Sichuan province killed some 90,000 Chinese and pointed to the poor construction practices in China. The rebuilding effort was supposed to showcase modern China. But today, many survivors are angry over what they say is official corruption, ranging from poor construction and unpaid workers to bribes and improper compensation for seized land.