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KEEPS GETTING WORSE Bangladesh Death Toll Tops 500 After identifying victim of building collapse on Friday in Dhaka. (Wong Maye-E/AP)

Bangladesh Death Toll Tops 500

The death toll in the deadly Bangladesh building collapse topped 500 on Thursday, while the country’s Finance minister tried to downplay the tragedy, calling it “not really serious.” “These are individual cases of ... accidents,” Finance Minister Abud Maal Abdul Muhith said Friday. “It happens everywhere.” Muhith insisted that the disaster would not harm Bangladesh’s garment industry, the country’s biggest export industry. But he may have his work cut out for him: last month Disney decided to pull its factories from Bangladesh. Although Disney represented less than 1 percent of Bangladesh’s garment industry, others could follow the entertainment giant’s lead.

May 3, 2013 7:18 AM