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Updated: Malaysian court rules non-Muslims can use ‘Allah’

Malaysia man at a mosque

Updated: 9.30pm (AEDT)Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAP A Malaysian court ruled Wednesday that non-Muslims can use the word “Allah” to refer to God, in a major decision in a divisive issue for religious freedom in the Muslim-majority country. Two ethnic Malay political parties immediately voiced concern and Thursday urged the government to challenge the ruling. In this […]

Mars on Earth: Turkish lake may hold clues to ancient life on planet

Turkey Lake Salda

Lake Salda, TurkeyReuters As NASA’s rover Perseverance explores the surface of Mars, scientists hunting for signs of ancient life on the distant planet are using data gathered on a mission much closer to home at a lake in south-west Turkey. NASA says the minerals and rock deposits at Salda are the nearest match on earth […]

What is your sex? UK court rules against government in census row

London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Britain’s High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to change its guidance to people filling out the 2021 census to compel transgender people to give their legally recognised sex, following a challenge from women’s rights activists. The court ordered the government’s Office for National Statistics to rewrite its guidelines on how […]

Hard hit by COVID-19, migrants seen facing “invisible wall”

Colombia Venezuelan migrants

Bogota, ColombiaThomson Reuters Foundation From Australia to Egypt, migrants and refugees have been especially hard hit by job losses and economic pain during the coronavirus pandemic, with many struggling to access healthcare and state aid, a survey showed on Tuesday. The survey, published in a report by the Red Cross Red Crescent Global Migration Lab, […]