Garment exporter Bangladesh, second-largest after China, faces $6 bn hit as world retailers cancel orders
Low wages have helped Bangladesh build its garment industry, with some 4,000 factories employing 4 million workers.
Thirteen of the accused, including owners of the Rana Plaza building and those of factories housed inside, told the court they were not guilty.
French police on Monday were hunting armed robbers who escaped after holding up a store in a shopping mall near Paris, prompting special forces to intervene and seal off the area.
Gunmen have reportedly seize a Primark store near Paris on Monday and is holding ten people hostage inside
Some of the world's largest retailers have agreed to a first-of-its-kind pact to improve safety at some of Bangladesh's garment factories following a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers in the country last month.