Briefs, October 25, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 3:49am


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H&M denies 'slave' wages accusation

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Ex-justice minister gets his job back

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New cardinals from India and Philippines

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