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Malaysia mulls Catholic use of 'Allah'

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KUALA LUMPUR - Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated Wednesday outside Malaysia's highest court as it took up the Catholic Church's bid to be allowed to refer to God as "Allah" in a case that has increased tensions in the multi-ethnic nation. 

A Malaysian Muslim woman stands in front of a banner reading "Allah" outside the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur on March 5, 2014

The church is seeking to challenge a lower court's ruling last October that sides with the Muslim-majority country's government forbidding non-Muslims from using the Arabic word "Allah" in the local Malay language.

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