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MALAYSIA: Court upholds Allah ban for non-Muslims

Malaysia’s top court yesterday upheld a lower court ruling that non-Muslims cannot use the word “Allah” to refer to God, adding to a contentious debate that has reinforced ... Full story

S KOREA: Runaway soldier who killed 5 surrounded

South Korean military authorities surrounded a soldier who fled his North Korea border outpost after killing five comrades and were trying to persuade him to ... Full story

THAILAND: Junta targets crime to clean up country’s image

Thailand’s new ruling junta doesn’t like the way the country is portrayed in the movies as a haven for drugs, thugs, lawlessness and ladies of ... Full story

INDIA: Bureaucrats scramble for Hindi dictionaries

For the past two weeks, the top civil servants in India's labyrinthine bureaucracy have been sent back to school.Graduate degrees are commonplace in this crowd. ... Full story

150 Australians fighting in Syria, Iraq

Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq, raising fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home, the foreign ... Full story

AUSTRALIA: US Marines linked to Australian energy security

The growing number of U.S. Marines in northern Australia is enhancing the security of the nation's burgeoning gas industry, which extends across the remote and ... Full story

Sustainable energy hub for Asia launched

The Asian Development Bank and two U.N. agencies launched a hub yesterday to mobilize investments and innovation to bring clean energy to the Asia Pacific ... Full story

JAPAN: Parliament bans child porn, but excludes manga, anime

Japan's parliament has passed a law which bans possession of child pornography, but excludes sexually explicit depictions of children in comics, animation and computer graphics.The ... Full story

OFF MALAYSIA: 35 missing as boat sinks, 60 survive

At least 60 people survived when a wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesians capsized and sank early yesterday after leaving Malaysia's west coast, but 35 others ... Full story

UNITED NATIONS: China, S Korea, Turkey amongst major small arms exporters

The latest U.N. figures show China, Turkey and the Czech Republic joining the list of the world's top exporters of small arms, which is led ... Full story

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