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World 08 Jan 2014 | 1:25 AM

Tunisia Islamists set to resign after deal on election commission

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's ruling Islamists are preparing to resign in the next few days to make way for a caretaker cabinet once government and opposition parties agree on the makeup of an electoral commission, mediators said on Tuesday.

Nation 08 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

Ku Nan: Hard Rock Cafe can open in Putrajaya but no liquor

PUTRAJAYA: The application to open a Hard Rock Cafe outlet here will only be approved if it meets all the stipulated conditions including not selling alcohol and providing clean entertainment within the confines of Islam, such as nasyid.

Nation 08 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

Man who accused wife of being a man now has to pay her RM12,000 in costs

KUALA LUMPUR: A former university dean, who accused his wife of being a man, has been ordered by a Syariah High Court to pay RM12,000 in costs in four instalments over his four failed applications against the beauty care boutique owner.

World 07 Jan 2014 | 8:15 PM

Six Pakistanis killed over visit to Sufi Muslim shrine

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Six bodies were dumped at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Tuesday, accompanied by a note purporting to be from the Taliban saying the men were killed for visiting the shrine, police said.

Nation 07 Jan 2014 | 5:18 PM

Former MTV presenter: Look at the positive aspect on ‘Allah’ usage

KUCHING: Malaysian Muslims should not complain about the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians in the country as long as the term is used in a positive sense, says former MTV Europe presenter, Kristiane Backer.

World 07 Jan 2014 | 6:03 AM

Insight - Fuelled by Syria war, al Qaeda bursts back to life in Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of the chaos of Syria's civil war are fighting hard to reconquer the province they once controlled in neighbouring Iraq, stirring fears the conflict is exporting ever more instability.

World 07 Jan 2014 | 3:12 AM

U.S. woman known as Jihad Jane sentenced to 10 years in plot

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday sentenced an American woman who called herself Jihad Jane to 10 years in prison - at least a decade less than prosecutors had sought for her role in a failed plot to kill a Swedish artist who had depicted the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.

World 07 Jan 2014 | 1:55 AM

Remaining Armenians pray for peace at Christmas in Damascus

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - A small congregation of Armenian Orthodox Christians prayed for peace at a Christmas service in Old Damascus on Monday and reflected on the hardships of living in an uneasy middle ground in Syria's increasingly sectarian conflict.

Nation 07 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

We want Fatwa Council to decide on Allah issue, says PAS

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS has urged the National Fatwa Council to end the conflict over whether or not non-Muslims could use the word “Allah” to refer to God.

Nation 07 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM

Sex bloggers' trial postponed pending bid to throw out charge

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here has allowed a stay of the trial in the Sessions Court involving sex bloggers Alvin Tan Jye Yee and Vivian Lee May Ling pending their bid to strike out a charge over a bak kut teh prank on their Facebook page.