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Factory death toll rises to 610

Police in Bangladesh said the death toll from the collapse of a clothing factory 11 days ago has reached 610.

More than 200 bodies have been recovered since last Wednesday, when authorities said only 149 people had been listed as missing.

Recovery teams searching the remains of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Dhaka have to endure the stench of decomposing bodies.

An architect whose firm designed the building said it was never designed to handle heavy industrial equipment, let alone the three floors that were later illegally added.

Human rights rap for North

Amnesty International has criticised officials in Northern Ireland for not dealing with human rights' issues.

The organisation said it would be raising the concerns when it gives evidence to the United Nation's committee against torture in Geneva this week.

Amnesty says that organisations such as the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), the Police Ombudsman and ongoing legacy inquests had proved inadequate in securing accountability for alleged past human rights' violations and abuses during the past 40 years of conflict.

Cookie Monster in assault trial

A man who dresses up as Sesame Street's Cookie Monster turned down a plea deal in a New York City case accusing him of shoving a two-year-old after being refused a tip.

Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez is charged with endangering the welfare of a child in Times Square after police say he demanded $2 (e1.50) from a Connecticut family who posed with him for a photo. He then shoved the toddler and swore at the family.

Iodine levels link to literacy

Mothers who are mildly iodine deficient are more likely to have children who perform poorly in spelling, grammar and literacy, according to a new study from Australia.

Researchers examined the test scores of nine-year-olds whose mothers were only slightly deficient during pregnancy and found they performed up to 10pc worse than peers born to mothers with sufficient iodine.