WORLD PAPERS, Wednesday 1 May 2013: Obama is ready to provide "lethal arms" to Syria, according to The Washington Post; Bangladesh’s Daily Star says this May 1st Labour Day is a chance to reflect on how the country can improve working conditions; and the UK’s Independent cries "fowl" as artists propose putting a giant blue cockerel in London’s Trafalgar Square.
FRENCH PAPERS, Wednesday 1 May 2013: International Workers’ Day is a common theme among most French and world headlines this Wednesday. Le Croix talks about the divide between France’s two biggest labour unions; the Huffington Post says this split is one of the reasons that this May 1st will be Marine Le Pen’s "Day of Glory"; and Bangladesh’s Daily Star asks: have working conditions improved there over the past century? The answer: an unequivocal NO.
Today on the net: several clothing brands use the net in an attempt to save their image after the Bangladesh disaster; the US web rushes to the rescue of a World War II veteran; and a young Californian man cycles on a giant bike.
A fire broke out among the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory near Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Sunday, hampering attempts to find any remaining survivors of the disaster, which left hundreds dead.
The fugitive owner of the Bangladesh building that collapsed earlier this week killing at least 369 people was arrested near the Indian border on Sunday, as rescue workers continue to search beneath the rubble for survivors.
Six people have been taken into police custody in connection with the Bangladesh building which collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least 359 people. Meanwhile, hope is fading for saving survivors beneath the increasingly unstable rubble.
Two factory bosses and two engineers associated with a Bangladesh building that collapsed earlier this week were arrested on Saturday, amid protests by angry workers as the death toll from the tragedy climbed to 352.
As French President François Hollande visits Beijing on a mission to boost trade, we take a look at one Frenchman's China-based business empire. Next, hundreds of Bangladeshi garment workers die when their factory collapses, in a disaster that could have been avoided. Finally, we head to Burma, where authorities are considering turning a painful memory into a tourist attraction.
Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during a mass rally by garment workers outside of the capital Dhaka on Friday, two days after a building collapse killed more than 300 people and left scores more unaccounted for.