BANGLADESH NEWS 24 HOURS (Bangladesh), BBC NEWS (UK), AP

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DHAKA – Police said Thursday that the owners of the eight-story building housing garment factories that collapsed in Bangladesh, killing at least 187, had ignored warnings not to allow their workers into the building.

Search for survivors is continuing as hundreds are still unaccounted for, with more than 1,000 reported injured. Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, when it collapsed on Wednesday morning, BBC News reports.

Building Collapse Horror: This pic from Dhaka, #Bangladesh is shocking. 160 dead, 1,000+ injured #CNN twitter.com/ErrolCNN/statu…

— Errol Barnett (@ErrolCNN) April 25, 2013

According to the Associated Press, police had ordered the Rene Plaza building to be evacuated the day before its deadly collapse, but the owners – who are now said to have gone into hiding – allegedly forced them to go to work, threatening to dock their pay if they didn’t.

Bangladesh News 24 Hours reports that a petition was filed at Bangladesh’s High Court on Thursday, seeking the arrest of owners of the building after allegations were raised about workers being forced to work despite cracks were noticed on Tuesday.

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Texas In Germany? Saxony Mixes Anti-Vaxxers And Far-Right Politics

When it comes to vaccination rates, there are striking parallels between Germany and the United States. The states with the most opposition to vaccines differ politically from those with the highest vaccination rates. Now the consequences for booster shots are starting to become visible, especially in the United States.

A protest in Saxony last year against COVID-19 restrictions

Zentralbild/dpa via ZUMA
Daniel Friedrich Sturm

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WASHINGTON — Ok, so Saxony was singled out last week in a New York Times article as an example of the disastrous vaccination situation in parts of Europe. The article talks about the link between anti-vaxxers and the political success of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the eastern German state.

In a sense, Saxony is Germany's Texas. For instance, 59% of U.S. citizens are fully vaccinated, but in strictly Republican Texas, where Donald Trump overwhelmingly won the 2020 election, this figure stands at 54%.

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