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Anger on streets as Bangladesh building toll passes 300

(Reuters) – Bangladesh textile workers vented their anger on Friday, burning cars and clashing with police, as the death toll passed 300 following the collapse of a building housing factories that made low-cost garments for Western brands.

Congress passes plan to ease flight delays

(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a Senate plan to ease nationwide air-traffic delays caused by automatic federal spending cuts, seeking to calm irritated travelers but sparking a backlash from interest groups not spared from cuts.

“Evidence” of Syrian chemical weapon use not up to U.N. standard

(Reuters) – Assertions of chemical weapon use inSyria by Western and Israeli officials citing photos, sporadic shelling and traces of toxins do not meet the standard of proof needed for a U.N. team of experts waiting to gather their own field evidence.

Analysis: In force-feeding detainees, Obama has courts on his side

(Reuters) – As detainees at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, press ahead with a widening hunger strike nearly three months old, President Barack Obama has come under increasing criticism for his policy of force-feeding them.

US economic growth quickens but misses forecasts as cuts kick in

The US economic recovery gathered pace in the first quarter but fell short of expectations as government cuts countered a sharp rise in consumer spending.

South Korea to withdraw last workers from factory in North Korea

Seoul has decided to withdraw the 175 South Koreans still remaining at a jointly run factory complex in North Korea, raising major questions about the survival of the last symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

EU Embraces ‘Suspended Coffee’: Pay It Forward With A Cup Of Joe

Tough economic times and growing poverty in much of Europe are reviving a humble tradition that began some one-hundred years ago in the Italian city of Naples. It’s called caffè sospeso — “suspended coffee”: A customer pays in advance for a person who cannot afford a cup of coffee.

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