Bangladesh Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan met with garment factory owners and labor leaders overnight in a failed attempt to reach an agreement on wages and end ongoing worker protests that forced about 400 of the country's 5,000 clothing factories to close Monday. Factory workers' wages average about $1,478 per year, compared with $4,577 in India; Khan has asked a panel called the Minimum Wage Board to submit a plan with a new salary structure by November.

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