Muslim women sit in front of a banner reading "Allah" during a protest outside the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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Malaysia's top court weighed in Monday on the country's longstanding fight over the word "Allah," saying that non-Muslims could not use the term to refer to God.In a 4-3 ruling, the Federal Court upheld a government ban on the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in a case against The Herald, a Catholic Malay-language weekly.The court did not elaborate on the implication of its ruling, but the government issued a tersely worded statement saying it only applied to The Herald and that Malaysian Christians can still use the word Allah in churches.
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