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How Mat Sabu made me accept the Malay language - lessons for the UEC issue

What does the politician Mat Sabu have to do with Chinese education and the current controversy over the Unified Exam Certificate (UEC)? My answer is that the Defence Minister and Parti Amanah Negara president was once my Bahasa Malaysia teacher.

Muslim leader urges Macron not to meddle too much in French Islam

PARIS (Reuters) - A leading representative of French Muslims urged Emmanuel Macron not to meddle in the organisation of France's second-largest religion, days after the president said he would try to redefine relations between Islam and the state.

'Wiping out' extremist ideology is my mission - head of Saudi-based Muslim body

PARIS (Reuters) - The head of a Saudi-based organisation that for decades was charged with spreading the strict Wahhabi school of Islam around the world has said those times were over and his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology.

Playwright uses art to help France fight radical Islam

VALENCIENNES, France (Reuters) - As France wrestles with questions of security and immigration during its presidential election campaign, a Belgian playwright is using his art as a weapon in the fight against radicalisation.

French Jewish leaders criticise Fillon over fundamentalism comments

PARIS (Reuters) - Jewish leaders criticised French presidential frontrunner Francois Fillon on Wednesday for suggesting Jews had in the past not wanted to respect the country's rules.

Just under 30 percent of French Muslims reject secular laws - poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Just under 30 percent of France's 3 to 4 million Muslims reject the country's secular laws, according to an Ifop poll published by the French weekly Journal du Dimanche.

Women protest French burkini ban with London beach party demo

LONDON (Reuters) - Some 35 Muslim and non-Muslim women held a beach party demonstration outside the French embassy in London on Thursday, protesting against a ban on burkinis enforced in some coastal towns in France.

France, the burkini and a 'battle of cultures'

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a "battle of cultures" and that the full-body swimsuit symbolized the enslavement of women.

French Muslims fear renewed stigmatisation in burkini ban

PARIS (Reuters) - French Muslims are concerned that decisions taken by some municipal authorities to ban the burkini could lead to further stigmatisation of Muslims, the head of a body representing Muslims in France said on Wednesday.

France has 'misunderstood' burkini, Australian designer says

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The French authorities have misunderstood why the burkini was created and should not turn it into a symbol of division, the Australian designer of the swimsuit said on Wednesday.