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Minimum monthly wage that Bangladesh is proposing to pay about 4 million garment workers, up from $38. The pay would still be the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.
India sets sights on mission to Mars
India was set to launch a space mission to Mars today. The 3,000-pound probe is expected to take 300 days to reach the red planet and cost about $73 million. If successful, India would be the sixth nation or group of nations to launch a Mars mission, after the United States, Russia, China, Japan and the European Union. But only three of those reached the planet's orbit — China and Japan failed — underscoring the long odds. Civic groups have criticized the cost in a country where hundreds of millions of people still lack toilets. The launch follows India's successful 2008 moon orbiter mission.
Horse slaughter blocked by court
A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Missouri to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver issued a temporary injunction barring the Department of Agriculture from inspecting the plants, which were gearing up to open after a federal judge in Albuquerque on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by the Humane Society. It and other animal protection groups alleged permits were not properly issued.