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Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia

Malaysia's highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word "Allah", ending a years-long legal battle that has escalated religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.

Christians lose divisive bid to use 'Allah' in Malaysia
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty

US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Sudan on Thursday for sentencing a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, urging Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

US condemns Sudan over Christian woman's death penalty
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Saudi tests Cadbury chocolate for pork traces

Saudi Arabia has withdrawn Cadbury chocolate bars from the market for tests to ensure the products do not contain traces of pig DNA, after the banned substance was detected in Malaysia.

Saudi tests Cadbury chocolate for pork traces
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag. ©bbc.com
Sudan judge orders Christian woman to hang for apostasy

A Sudanese judge on Thursday sentenced a heavily pregnant Christian woman to hang for apostasy, a ruling which Britain denounced as "barbaric" and left the United States "deeply disturbed".

Sudan judge orders Christian woman to hang for apostasy
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. ©Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
Saudis get Internet hotline to the king

Saudi citizens can now petition 90-year-old King Abdullah directly and lodge complaints through an Internet site set up at the initiative of the monarch himself.

Saudis get Internet hotline to the king
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15 dead as Philippines battles Islamic militants

The Philippine military said Wednesday it had launched an air and ground assault against Islamic militants wanted for a spate of kidnappings, with 14 militants and one soldier killed in the clashes.

15 dead as Philippines battles Islamic militants
Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others
Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others

The Egyptian judge who sentenced to death hundreds of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi will pass judgment Monday on another 700 people, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie.

Egypt verdict expected for Islamist chief, 700 others
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law

Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin Tuesday and have drawn condemnation from the UN's human rights office and rare criticism at home.

Brunei delays introduction of tough Islamic law
UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital
UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital

The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to "save their lives", according to officials.

UN evacuates 100 Muslims from C. Africa capital
The Metropolitan Bishop Alexander and President Nazarbayev. Photo ©<a href="http://mitropolia.kz/" target="_blank">mitropolia.kz</a>
Easter unites Kazakhstanis: Nazarbayev

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the Ascension Cathedral in Almaty to wish Happy Easter to all Christian Kazakhstanis.

Easter unites Kazakhstanis: Nazarbayev
Malaysia bans Noah film as 'un-Islamic'
Malaysia bans Noah film as 'un-Islamic'

Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets.

Malaysia bans Noah film as 'un-Islamic'
UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar
UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar

More than 800,000 people lack adequate healthcare in strife-torn western Myanmar after aid workers fled the region, the UN has warned, with children deprived of life-saving treatment.

UN warns of health crisis brewing in west Myanmar
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Kazakhstan is an example for Muslim countries: Fouad Siniora

Lebanese politician and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora named Kazakhstan a prime example for other Muslim countries in his letter to President Nazarbayev.

Kazakhstan is an example for Muslim countries: Fouad Siniora
Djohar Tsarnaev. ©Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk
FBI wanted Boston bombing suspect 'to be informant'

The defense for accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say the FBI approached his brother and fellow suspect Tamerlan about becoming an informant on the Chechen and Muslim community.

FBI wanted Boston bombing suspect 'to be informant'
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What is behind anti-vaccination movements in Kazakhstan?

Every day there are more and more parents refusing to get their children vaccinated for religious reasons.

What is behind anti-vaccination movements in Kazakhstan?
Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal
Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal

The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines will sign a peace deal on Thursday aimed at ending four decades of deadly conflict that has condemned millions in the nation's far south to brutal poverty.

Philippines, Muslim rebels set for historic peace deal
Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border
Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border

Syrian regime forces were Monday readying an assault on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning key opposition bastion Yabrud.

Syria army in hot pursuit of rebels on Lebanon border
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Deceased organ donation: integrated database for Kazakhstan

Creation of an electronic donor database is suggested as one of the major steps in developing deceased organ donation in Kazakhstan.

Deceased organ donation: integrated database for Kazakhstan
A child looks at an Ultraman, a Japanese science fiction superhero. ©Reuters/Bobby Yip
Malaysia bans Japanese comic book Ultraman for using 'Allah'

Malaysia has banned a translation of an Ultraman comic book after it referred to the popular Japanese superhero as "Allah", authorities said Friday, during an ongoing row over use of the word by non-Muslims.

Malaysia bans Japanese comic book Ultraman for using 'Allah'
Two Bahrain children wounded planting bomb: police
Two Bahrain children wounded planting bomb: police

Two children, aged 10 and 11, were wounded while planting a roadside bomb in a Shiite village in Bahrain where a blast killed three policemen this week.

Two Bahrain children wounded planting bomb: police