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November 2, 2017 2:18 AM Islamic preacher Haslin seeks meeting with Johor Islamic affairs committee following state ban

PETALING JAYA (The Star/Asia News Network) - While declining to comment on the Johor Sultan's decree that bans him from preaching in the state of Johor, preacher Haslin Baharim says he wants to meet the state's Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman to "discuss the matter". Haslin, who is also known as Ustaz Bollywood, denies his sermons caused 4

October 31, 2017 10:42 AM Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and The Warehouse Hotel are built heritage restoration winners

SINGAPORE - The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and The Warehouse Hotel on Tuesday (Oct 31) picked up this year's Architectural Heritage Awards. The honours, conferred by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), recognise the high standard of restoration work done on heritage buildings. The team behind The Red House received a special mention for their 3

October 31, 2017 8:28 AM Britain's Prince Charles attends interfaith dialogue with religious leaders and young people

SINGAPORE - Britain’s Prince Charles spent an hour discussing interfaith issues with over 30 religious leaders, students and youth volunteers on Tuesday (Oct 31), the second day of his official visit to Singapore. Together with Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim, he attended a dialogue at the Harmony Centre in Bishan, where he heard 3

October 27, 2017 9:02 PM Najib unveils 'Mother of all Budgets'

A wide spectrum of Malaysians to benefit from increased govt spending ahead of polls Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday announced increased government spending next year that is clearly steered towards subsidies and social assistance, as he unveiled "the Mother of all Budgets" ahead of tough national elections expected to be called within 10

October 27, 2017 2:34 PM Malaysian PM Najib presents 'Mother of all Budgets'

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday (Oct 27) announced increased government spending next year that is clearly steered towards subsidies and social assistance, as he unveiled “the Mother of all Budgets” ahead of tough national elections expected to be called within months. Everyone from babies to imams and fishermen to retirees 10

October 25, 2017 10:00 AM Crown prince says Saudis want return to moderate Islam

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said the return of "moderate Islam" is key to his plans to modernise the Gulf kingdom. He told reporters that 70% of the Saudi population was under 30 and that they wanted a "life in which our religion translates to tolerance". He made the comments after announcing the investment of $500bn (£381bn) in a new city and business 7

October 23, 2017 8:31 AM Philippines declares battle with Islamist rebels over in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY/CLARK, Philippines - The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country's biggest security crisis in years. Offensive combat operations were terminated after troops put a stop to the last stand 3

October 23, 2017 5:24 AM Marawi siege: Philippines defence minister declares end of fighting

CLARK, Philippines: The Philippines declared an end on Monday (Oct 23) to five months of fierce urban warfare in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State militants, a battle that has marked the country's biggest security crisis in years. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said combat operations had been terminated, after troops prevailed in the last stand 6

October 22, 2017 5:37 AM No place for exclusivity in Malaysia, says Najib

SERDANG (Malaysia) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said there is no place in the country for exclusivity, in light of the Muslim-only launderette issue which has plagued the country. A self-service laundromat in Muar, which caters only to Muslim patrons, had earlier sparked controversy on social media in September for its exclusive clientele 11

October 21, 2017 11:35 AM Wanted Malaysian terrorist leading remaining fighters in Marawi

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian militant Mohd Amin Baco is believed to be leading the remnants of pro-Islamic State fighters holed up in Marawi city in the Philippines, said a regional security source, as the Philippines military conducts clearing out operations. Amin Baco is the most senior Malaysian militant alive, following reports earlier this week that Mahmud 5