Race and religion pose risks in Malaysian politics

March 1, 2010
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Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) leaves Friday prayers at Putra Mosque in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur July 10, 2009/Bazuki Muhammad

New WCC head aims at global issues, skirting some hot buttons

February 25, 2010
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WCC General Secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, 22 Feb 2010/WCC-Peter Williams

Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches, aims to give the organisation a higher profile as a focus for action by Christian bodies on global issues like humanitarian relief in crises, climate change and the Middle East impasse. But at his first news conference this week since taking over on January 1, the Norwegian Lutheran cleric also made it clear that the constraints imposed by a widely diverse organisation that makes its decisions by consensus limit his options.  It’s unlikely we’ll hear him taking a public stand on two of the main issues making religion headlines these days, the sexual abuse charges against the Roman Catholic Church and the disputes over homosexuality straining relations in several Protestant churches.

Germany’s top Protestant bishop quits after drunk driving

February 24, 2010
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Bishop Margot Kässmann at her news conference in Hanover 24 Feb 2010/Stringer

The head of Germany’s 25 million Protestants resigned on Wednesday after police stopped her for driving while under the influence of alcohol just four months after becoming the third woman to head a major Christian church.

Singapore raps evangelical pastor for ridiculing Buddhists, Taoists

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2010
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Lighthouse Evangelism church in Singapore, 11 Sept 2005/Slivester

Singapore has warned an evangelical Christian pastor that his online videos are offensive to Buddhists and Taoists, underlining the city-state’s concerns that religion is a potential faultline for its multicultural society.

North Africa Qaeda group offers to help Nigerian Muslims

February 1, 2010
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Farm truck attacked in Nigeria's central city of Jos as Muslim and Christian gangs clashed last month, 20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

TIMELINE-Ethnic and religious unrest in Nigeria

January 23, 2010
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A man and his daughter outside a burned house in Jos,20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

Shooting at Coptic Christmas highlights Egypt’s sectarian tensions

January 18, 2010
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Ramadan decorations and a Coptic Orthodox church cross in Nagaa Hamady, 9 Jan 2010/Asmaa Waguih

U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson says Haiti cursed by devil pact

January 13, 2010
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Haiti's Presidential Palace after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, 12 Jan 2010/Reuters TV video grab

Q+A – What’s next in Malaysia’s “Allah” row?

January 5, 2010
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Facebook group protesting Allah ruling, 5 Jan 2010/Bazuki Muhammad

Malaysia’s government has filed for a stay of execution pending its appeal of a court ruling allowing a Malay-language Catholic paper to describe the Christian God as “Allah”, amid growing Islamic anger in the country. We reported on the dispute here yesterday, including how it has spilled over into Facebook.

Muslims, Catholics rap Senegal prez over Stalinist-style tribute to Africa

January 4, 2010
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African Renaissance monument under construction, 19 August 2009/Finbarr O'Reilly