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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has put on hold a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) plan to replace its ageing fleet of combat aircraft, looking instead to upgrade its aerial surveillance capabilities to confront the growing threat of militancy inspired by the Islamic State group, a source with knowledge of the matter said.
AN interesting article in this paper last week said that some Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria originally from Malaysia and Indonesia were increasingly finding the allure of martyrdom and glory mundane beside the far tastier allure of nasi lemak and sambal.
BAKU/TBILISI: When a businessman in Muslim-majority Azerbaijan wanted a bank loan that complied with Islamic principles, until a few years ago he had to negotiate it under the table.
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.
LAHORE, Pakistan/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Zhang Yang, a businessman from Chongqing in southwest China, is searching online forums for fellow stout-hearted entrepreneurs willing to cast aside security concerns and join him on a scouting mission to Pakistan.
SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines: At a nondescript two-storey building in the town of Sultan Kudarat, the future of the Philippines' strife-torn southern region of Mindanao is taking shape, one accountancy class at a time.
LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plunging rial. A ransacked embassy. A flurry of war games. Evidence abounds of the unprecedented pressure on Iran wrought by a sharp escalation in sanctions intended to compel the Islamic Republic to rein in its nuclear programme.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran sent conflicting signals in a dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions, vowing to stop oil exports soon to "some" countries but postponing a parliamentary debate on a proposed halt to crude sales to the European Union.