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Malaysians Flock Online Over God's Name

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JANUARY 5, 2010


KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysians are flocking online to debate a contentious court ruling that allows local Roman Catholics to use the word Allah as a translation for God.

Government officials, meanwhile, say they will listen to all shades of opinion before deciding whether to strengthen protections for Islam under the Muslim-majority country's constitution.

The possible changes, raised by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein in a statement Sunday, could help defuse anger among Muslims over a New Year's Eve court ruling. The High Court overturned a three-year-old government ban on the Catholic Church using the term Allah to refer to God in its local Malay-language newspaper after church officials argued that it was the only suitable word for God in Malay.

И на фоне этой лингвистической диффузии весьма символическое событие, открыта Новая Вавилонская Башня:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8439618.stmPage last updated at 17:33 GMT, Monday, 4 January 2010

World's tallest building opens in Dubai

The world's tallest building has been opened with a dramatic fireworks ceremony in the Gulf emirate of Dubai.

The Burj Khalifa was revealed to be 828m (2,716ft) high, far taller than the previous record holder, Taipei 101.

Known as the Burj Dubai during construction, the tower has been renamed after the leader of Dubai's oil-rich neighbour, Abu Dhabi.

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