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Catholic Church loses bid to use word 'Allah' in Malaysia

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Malaysia's highest court on Monday dismissed a bid by the Catholic Church for the right to use the word "Allah", ending a years-long legal battle that has heightened religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country. 

Malaysian Muslim activists wait for the verdict on a bid by the Catholic Church for the right to use the word 'Allah' outside Malaysia's highest court in Putrajaya on June 23, 2014

The legal wranglings were seen as a test case for Malaysia's wider Christian community, but the government later clarified that the verdict was confined to the Catholic newspaper at the centre of the controversy. Worshippers can still use "Allah" to refer to God in church, the government added.

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