The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • A Cambodian trade union leader urged garment workers not to take part in an opposition party-planned mass demonstration earlier this week. The three-day petition is expected to end today (25 October). Cambodia's garment sector employs 510,600 workers in about 500 factories. GLOBAL TIMES
  • Forty-seven young workers, many of them girls, have been rescued from the PV Spinning Mill in Tamil Nadu. Reports say they were being kept as bonded labour. The owner and mill management will be charged under the Bonded Labour Act, Factory Act and also the Minimum Wages Act. THE HINDU
  • A US$1.5m wool washing factory has been set up in Chowk Arghandi, in Afghanistan's Kabul province. The factory will have the capacity to wash 1200kg wool in 24 hours. Wafiullah Eftekhar, director of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), said the project demonstrates that companies still want to invest in the country beyond 2014. BAKHTAR NEWS
  • The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute expects to earn US$250m from textile exports in the current fiscal year, which began on 8 July. Although the Institute planned to earn $113m in its last year, it only reached $101m. The lower-than-expected figure was attributed to a delay in the start and performance of new investment projects. ALL AFRICA
  • The European Union has launched a project to develop smart clothing with wearable technology in a cloud system at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The garments can be configured via a smart phone to detect motion or wearer data to use with an app for personalised services. GERMAN RESEARCH FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE