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Veterans group rejects petition to turn Malaysia into an 'Islamic state'

PETALING JAYA: The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has rejected a Muslim group's petition to declare Malaysia an Islamic state, saying that the Federal Constitution must remain as the founding fathers intended.

Hui uneasy as China ’Sinicises’ religion

JINAN: Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people’s oppression under Mao Zedong.

Lebanon's finance minister to stay as cabinet edges closer - sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's finance and foreign ministers will keep their posts in the new national unity government, sources said on Wednesday, with the country close to forming the cabinet after seven months of political wrangling.

Israel says Hezbollah closed precision missile plants, arsenal limited

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the Lebanese group Hezbollah had shut down plants to develop precision-guided missiles after Israel exposed them, and currently had at most just "a few dozen" of the weapons.

U.S. hopes Lebanon's next government will work with it - State Dept official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes Lebanon's next government will work with it on areas of mutual interest, a State Department official said on Tuesday, and expressed concern over Iran-backed Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah's rising clout in the country.

Group calls on Waythamoorthy to quit over temple riot

PETALING JAYA: A coalition of civil society groups wants a minister to resign and for a Selangor state exco member to be held accountable for their actions during the riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

Lebanon set to get new government in days - politicians

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon is on track to form a new national government in the next few days, politicians said on Tuesday, raising hopes for an end to more than seven months of wrangling that has darkened the outlook for its struggling economy.

Macsa calls for Waytha Moorthy to resign over Adib's death

PETALING JAYA: A coalition of civil societies is calling for National Unity and Social Well-being Minister P. Waytha Moorthy to resign, following the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

200 celebrate Christmas in muhibbah spirit

PETALING JAYA: It’s the muhibbah spirit in welcoming Christmas when more than 200 people from various religious and ethnic groups gathered to mark the occasion.

Lebanese leaders show new optimism on ending government deadlock

BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - Lebanese leaders expressed fresh confidence on Wednesday about reaching a deal to form a new government, with President Michel Aoun saying results of his efforts to break the months-long deadlock would appear this week.