Malaysian court to Christians: You can't say 'Allah'

Malaysian court to Christians: You can't say 'Allah' -- Malaysia's highest court has rejected a challenge from the Catholic Church seeking to overturn a ban on non-Muslims using the word "Allah" to refer to God.

But after the Federal Court announced its verdict on Monday, the government released a statement saying that the ruling would only apply to the Church's newspaper, which has been at the center of the court battle since Malaysian authorities ordered the publication to cease using the Arabic word in 2007.

Malaysian Christians will still be able to use the word "Allah" in church, the government's statement said.

Muslim activists wait outside Malaysia's highest court in Putrajaya for the verdict on June 23, 2014.

"Malaysia is a multi-faith country and it is important that we manage our differences peacefully, in accordance with the rule of law and through dialogue, mutual respect and compromise," the statement said.

Malaysian court rules on 'Allah' use 


The conflicting interpretations of the ban have only added confusion to a debate that has inflamed religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country in recent years.

The editor of the the newspaper, the Herald, said it remains unclear what the implications of the court's verdict would be for the Christian community.

"We are in limbo," Father Lawrence Andrew told CNN.

But the chairman of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, Reverend Eu Hong Seng, said in a statement that Christians will continue to use the word "Allah" in bibles and during church gatherings.

The dispute began in 2007 when the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs, which grants publishing licenses, threatened to withdraw the Herald's permit for using the Arabic word in its Malay-language edition, on the grounds of national security and public order.

Malaysian authorities say non-Muslim literature that contains the word could confuse Muslims and cause them to convert away from Islam, which is a crime in many parts of the country.

Christian leaders argue that the word "Allah" predates Islam, and has long been used in Malay-language bibles and other texts to refer to God.

Anti-Christian violence

The dispute has sparked violence in recent years against Malaysia's Christian community, which accounts for around 9% of the country's population of 29 million, while more than 60% are Muslim.

We have a moral obligation to champion the cause of minorities. We have a responsibility to uphold religious freedom.

Father Lawrence Andrew, Herald editor

A series of fire bomb attacks were carried out on places of worship after a court ruled in 2009 that the Church had a constitutional right to refer to God as "Allah" in the Herald.

But an appeals court reinstated the ban in October 2013. Three months later, arsonists set fire to a church in Kuala Lumpur, and Islamic authorities confiscated hundreds of bibles containing the word "Allah" from a Christian organization in the state of Selangor.

On Monday, a panel of judges at the Federal Court in Putrajaya ruled 4 to 3 that the word was not an integral part of the Christian faith, upholding the decision of the appeals court.

Outside the building, hundreds of Muslim activists celebrated the verdict, shouting "Allahuakbar" (God is great).

"We thank Allah because the court's decision has favored us this time. We hope that this is no longer an issue in the peninsular, which does not allow others (to use) the term," the head of Perkasa, a conservative Muslim rights group, told reporters.

Father Andrew from the Herald said the Church was looking into ways to challenge the ban.

"We need to fight this case to end, because we have to fight for justice when justice is derided or denied," he said.

"We have a moral obligation to champion the cause of minorities. We have a responsibility to uphold religious freedom."


It's likely that the ban is politically motivated, according to William Case, a political scientist with the City University of Hong Kong's Department of Asian and International Studies.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak is a reformist to some extent, says Case, but his party failed to win a majority in the last election and he needs to recapture the support of the country's ethnic Malay, and mostly Muslim, community.

However, it's too soon to tell how the Malaysian government will implement the ban in practice, he says.

"This is the kind of ambiguity you would expect, because it's a very complex and tense set of circumstances. You might have the judiciary saying one thing, the cabinet saying another -- meanwhile pressure is mounting from the many Muslim groups involved who bring tremendous mass-based support, and on the other side from Christian groups."

The ruling may lead to further attacks on churches, Case warned.

"We do know that Malaysia has become more and more polarized in recent years on ethnic, and increasingly religious, grounds -- and that's becoming more and more severe."

But while the latest court ruling is distressing, Case says verbal threats against religious groups in Malaysia seldom translate into the kind of violence seen in neighboring countries, like Indonesia.

"We don't see extrajudicial killings, religious-inspired violence and abductions, and that distinguishes Malaysia in the region."

This article originally appeared in : Malaysian court to Christians: You can't say 'Allah' | By Sophie Brown, CNN | June 24, 2014 -- Updated 2116 GMT (0516 HKT)

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Membaca Jejak Islam Indonesia di Australia

Membaca Jejak Islam Indonesia di Australia — Mungkin hanya sedikit warga Australia yang menyadari bahwa penduduk asli negara itu sudah rajin menjalin komunikasi dengan kaum Muslim di Indonesia, jauh sebelum datangnya koloni Kristen.

Dan, pengaruh Islam hingga kini masih terus memengaruhi kehidupan penduduk asli, tulis Janak Rogers, seorang wartawan Australia.


Sebuah kapal kecil dengan warna putih dan kuning yang terdapat di Pegunungan Wellington, Australia utara, menceritakan kisah yang berbeda dari yang mungkin banyak orang ketahui. Kapal ini adalah kapal tradisional Indonesia yang dibawa nelayan Muslim dari Makassar dalam misinya mencari teripang laut.

Kapan orang Makassar datang masih belum diketahui pasti. Sejumlah peneliti sejarah mengatakan, mereka datang pada 1750-an, tetapi penelitian radiokarbon terhadap kapal menunjukkan lebih tua dari itu, sekitar 1664 atau mungkin awal 1500.

Pengaruh budaya

Mereka rupanya datang rutin untuk mengambil teripang, yang harganya mahal karena dipakai untuk pengobatan dan makanan China.

Orang Makassar ini menjadi titik awal upaya hubungan internasional penduduk asli Australia, menurut antropolog John Bradley dari Universitas Monash.

Dan hubungan ini ternyata sukses! "Mereka melakukan hubungan dagang. Ini berlangsung adil, tanpa ada penilaian rasial, tidak ada kebijakan ras," katanya.

Ini bertolak belakang dengan Inggris. Inggris memiliki pandangan bahwa daratan tidak dimiliki siapa pun, karena itu mereka umumnya menjajah wilayah baru begitu saja —tanpa ada ada pengakuan hak-hak penduduk asli yang menempati wilayah itu.

Sejumlah pedagang Makassar menetap dan menikah dengan penduduk asli, meninggalkan jejak religi dan budaya di Australia. Ini bisa terlihat dari lukisan gua dan kesenian penduduk asli. Kepercayaan Islam memengaruhi mitologi mereka.

"Jika Anda pergi ke timur laut Arnhem Land, ada jejak (Islam) pada lagu, lukisan, tari, dan ritual pemakaman mereka," kata Bradley. "Ini cukup jelas terlihat karena dari analisis linguistik Anda akan mendengar nyanyian pujian kepada Allah, atau setidaknya doa kepada Allah."

This article originally appeared in : Ketika Islam Indonesia Datang ke Australia | | Rabu, 25 Juni 2014 | 13:15 WIB

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New Muslim comic book superhero on the way

New Muslim comic book superhero on the way An early sketch shows a boy in a wheelchair who later becomes the Silver Scorpion — Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero — a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.

The new superhero is the brainchild of a group of disabled young Americans and Syrians who were brought together last month in Damascus by the Open Hands Intiative, a non-profit organization founded by U.S. philanthropist and businessman Jay T. Snyder.
In this artwork provided by Liquid Comics, LLC, the "Sliver Scorpion" is shown. The new superhero is Muslim, who loses his legs in a tragic landmine accident and must learn to come to terms with the reality of his disability while learning to use his newfound power to fight for social inclusion, equity and justice.

The superhero's appearance hasn't been finalized, but an early sketch shows a Muslim boy who lost his legs in a landmine accident and later becomes the Silver Scorpion after discovering he has the power to control metal with his mind.

Sharad Devarajan, co-founder and CEO of Liquid Comics whose company is now turning the young people's ideas into pictures and a story line, said the goal is to release the first comic book — launching the disabled Muslim superhero — in early November in both Arabic and English.

Snyder says he was inspired by President Barack Obama's effort to reach out to the Muslim world in his January 2009 inaugural address. Last month, Snyder flew 12 disabled Americans to Damascus to meet their Syrian peers, and one of their main goals was to come up with ideas and story lines for the new superhero.

"The only limit was the imagination these kids had — the opportunity for a great story," said Snyder, a comic book collector who heads HBJ Investments LLC. "They helped create something by their combined talents, and that becomes a gift to the world."

Devarajan found the young people's imagination to be quite amazing.

"The opening question we asked the kids was if you could have any superpower what would it be? I've asked that question in many different groups before and the typical answers are always the ones you'd expect — flying, reading minds, or being super strong," Devarajan said.

"The fascinating thing about this group was that I don't think I heard any one of those three," he said.

"Each of their ideas was so originally distinct, whether the Syrian kids or the U.S. kids," he said, adding that perhaps because of their disabilities, the young people think as individuals without being influenced by outsiders. One girl, for example, wanted to have the power to combine the energy of the moon and the sun.

Devarajan said it was noteworthy that none of the young people wanted the hero's power to be something that cured their disability.

"They were empowered by their own disabilities, and they should not be seen as a source of weakness," he said.

Initially, 50,000 Arabic-language comics will be distributed throughout Syria, and subsequent issues will be distributed elsewhere in the Middle East, Snyder said. The comic will also be available worldwide for free in digital formats through the Open Hands and Liquid Comics websites.

It will be the first in a series of comics with international superheroes, and while one will have disabilities others will not, Devarajan said. He added that almost all the characters being planned "are based on the seeds that were created by these kids together in this trip."

The dozen Americans were selected after a national call for applications by The Victor Penada Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that promotes the rights of young people with disabilities. They included youths who were blind, deaf, using wheelchairs, or suffering from Down syndrome, autism, and cognitive disabilities.

The Syrians were invited by the Al-Amal school for the disabled whose chair, Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian president Bashar Assad, spent an afternoon meeting with the youngsters.

"It must be every child's dream to create a superhero," the Syrian first lady said in a video provided to the AP. "But I really do hope that we can bring our powers together — our human powers together — to be able to make a difference."

Hamza Jaka, 18, of Fontana, Wisconsin, who is co-chair of Kids as Self-Advocates which promotes the rights of young disabled people, said the visit to Syria "was great" because it was people-to-people, "not politicians flying in and blustering." Jaka, a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley who is studying linguistics, said the trip has inspired him to study Arabic.

"There's a lot of hatred, and it really can be dispelled by just sitting down and talking to people and realizing you share experiences in common," he said. "That's what happened when I started talking to one of the disabled Syrians. We both discovered that we had a love of basketball and ... loved the same players," Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.

"I am a disabled Muslim and I love comic books, so this is like the highlight of my life," said Jaka, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.
"As somebody who owns a lot of comics and has studied how they affect social change, it was fun to be part of an exchange that hopefully can do the same," he said, especially in changing attitudes towards the disabled, towards Muslims, and towards Syria.

Abdulrahman Hussein, 20, a Syrian student who was born handicapped and uses a wheelchair, said meeting the young Americans "made me feel that I have to improve my life."

He said he is studying library administration at a university and wants to learn English so he can have contact with more people.

"I like the American people as I found them friendly," Hussein said. "I'd like to visit America because I want to get acquainted with the achievements (of) the Americans."

The Open Hands Initiative was launched last November to respond to Obama's offer to the Muslim world in his inaugural address to "extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

Snyder said the initiative's goal is to promote "diplomacy" between ordinary people that emphasizes dialogue, understanding and mutual respect.

It has already started a program to bring Syrian music to the U.S. and is planning to bring leading American artists to Damascus for workshops with young Syrian artists.

In early 2011, Snyder said Open Hands hopes to be on the ground in Pakistan with programs bringing Americans and Pakistanis together in the fields of public health, literature and culture — and later in the year it intends to launch projects in Afghanistan. ( Associated Press )

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Monaco welcomes birth of royal twins Gabriella and Jacques

Monaco welcomes birth of royal twins Gabriella and Jacques - Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Charlene welcomed their twin babies to the world Wednesday, and announced that Jacques, born two minutes after his sister Gabriella, will be next in line to the throne. 

Cannons roared and church bells tolled in the tiny Mediterranean principality at the announcement of the births of the next head of the 700-year-old House of Grimaldi and his sister. 

Gabriella Therese Marie was born at 5:04 pm (1604 GMT) followed by Jacques Honore Rainier at 5:06 pm, the palace said in a statement, adding that the newborns and their glamorous South African mother were "doing well".

The babies replace Albert's sister Caroline as heirs to the throne, and will likely draw a line on rumours of the royal couple's supposedly rocky relationship. 

The prince's late father, Rainier III, had rewritten the constitution as he became ill in 2002 so one of his daughters could inherit if his son -- who had fathered two children out of wedlock -- failed to produce a legitimate heir.

But Albert, 56, finally married former Olympic swimmer Charlene, 36, in 2011 -- 11 years after the pair first met.

The birth of the twins at the hospital named after their grandmother Princess Grace was celebrated with 42 cannon shots, 21 for each child, fired from an old fort overlooking the sea. 

Church bells also rang out for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns, as Monegasques toasted their future absolute rulers.

The gender of the twins had been kept a secret during Charlene's pregnancy, even from their father who said he wanted to be surprised.

Albert -- whose late mother was Hollywood actress Grace Kelly -- had earlier said that if the twins were a boy and a girl, it would be the boy who would succeed him.

According to tradition, an official birth announcement, signed by Albert, will be displayed at the entrance to the palace and the public will be invited to sign a book of congratulations.

Monegasques have also been encouraged to fly the principality's red-and-white flag from their homes until the day the twins are formally presented to the nation by the royal couple from the palace balcony.

Albert, who was once considered one of the world's most eligible bachelors, succeeded his father Prince Rainier in 2005 at the age of 47.

He already had a daughter, Jazmin, 22, after a fling with former waitress Tamara Rotolo. He denied being her father for years before DNA tests proved otherwise when she was a teenager.

The prince also has a younger son, Alexandre Coste, 11, from an affair with Nicole Coste, a Togolese former Air France hostess.

Under Monaco's inheritance laws, neither of them have any claim to royal titles or to be considered as heirs to Albert because they were born outside of marriage.

They do however have legal rights to a share of his huge personal fortune, estimated by Forbes magazine to exceed $1 billion (800 million euros).

Albert had said in an interview with local media last month that the twins were due "around Christmas".  
"But as it is a twin pregnancy the birth will surely take place a dozen days early," he added. He was off by three days. 

Monegasques gathered outside the palace late on Wednesday, which was lit up in red lights for the occasion.

For Fabienne Guenoune, president of the Le Rocher residents' association, "the 42 cannon shots announcing the birth seals more than ever the future of the country".

"A boy and a girl, it's the wish of a king," added Michele Mattoni, another resident of The Rock, as Monaco is also known.

"This is an explosion of joy for all Monegasques," said Marguerite-Marie Bergonzi, who comes from one of the oldest families in the world's second smallest independent state. 

- Tumultuous private life -

Zimbabwe-born Charlene tied the knot with Albert three years ago despite rumours that their relationship was on the verge of collapse.

Media reports suggested she had attempted to flee Monaco just days before their wedding.

It was also widely reported that the couple spent at least part of their honeymoon in separate hotels. A steady stream of pictures of the princess looking gloomy continued to fuel reports she was depressed.

Charlene hails from a middle-class Zimbabwean family with German roots who relocated to South Africa when she was 11.

She swam for her adopted country in the 4 x 100m medley relay team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The royal births are the latest addition to the Grimaldi baby boom, with Princess Caroline becoming a grandmother twice over since 2013.

The royal family's tumultuous private life has made it a staple of celebrity magazines for decades, with Caroline's daughter Charlotte continuing the tradition with her relationship with the comedian Gad Elmaleh. Their son Raphael was born last December. 

Crown Prince Jacques will receive the title of Marquis of Baux, while his sister, second in line to the throne, will be the Countess of Carlades

.This article originally appeared in : Monaco welcomes birth of royal twins Gabriella and Jacques | AFP | By Catherine MARCIANO | December 11, 2014

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Monaco's Princess Charlene gives birth to twins

Monaco's Princess Charlene gives birth to twins — For the first time since Monaco was founded in the 13th century, its royal family gave birth to twins on Wednesday, and dozens of cannons were fired to celebrate. 

Monaco's Princess Charlene had a girl first and a boy second, but the boy will be the principality's future ruler, reflecting the male priority of Monaco's laws of succession.

The royal twins Gabriella Therese Marie and Jacques Honore Rainier — born to Charlene, 36, and Prince Albert II, 56 — are heirs to the centuries-old Grimaldi dynasty that rules the wealthy principality.

Gabriella was born at 5:04 p.m. (1604 GMT) and her brother Jacques two minutes later, according to a palace statement.

Monaco is a two-square kilometer (0.8 square mile) enclave of ritzy apartments and luxury shops on the French Riviera with a population of around 30,000.

Albert, son of the late American actress Princess Grace, had some subjects worried by his long bachelorhood and his lack of an heir since his two previous children were born out of wedlock and are not eligible for the throne. Then the prince married Charlene Wittstock, a Zimbabwe-born, South Africa-raised former Olympic swimmer, in 2011. 

Monaco's guard fires a cannon to celebrate the birth of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco's twins, in Monaco, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Princess Charlene has given birth to twins Jacques and Gabriella. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Now the tiny royal state on the Riviera has two reasons to rejoice.

"This is going to create an immense joy. Immense!" said Monaco resident Isabelle Roux. "They are awaited like the messiah. ... Everyone is talking only about that."

"Two babies for the price of one. I think it's very good for the image," said Adelaide de Clermont-Tonnerre, editor-in-chief of the celebrity weekly Point de Vue. "With twins, there's always an extra interest."

Only one woman has ever reigned over Monaco, Princess Louise-Hippolyte, but she died months after assuming the throne in 1731.

In 2002, with no heirs in sight, Monaco's parliament quietly changed its constitution to allow royal power to pass from a reigning prince with no descendants to his siblings — potentially Albert's two sisters. That ensured the continuation of the Grimaldi dynasty, one of the oldest royal houses in Europe, even if Albert never produced an heir. 

In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Prince Albert II of Monaco kisses his wife Princess Charlene on the balcony of the Monaco palace during the Monaco's national day ceremony. Monaco is expecting a double dose of royal babies _ but only one twin will get to be the principality’s future ruler. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

By palace decree 42 cannon shots were fired to announce Wednesday's births, instead of the 21 that would boom for a single baby.

Charlene's pregnancy was announced on May 30, and it was later revealed in September that she was expecting not one, but two new heirs to the crown.

Though these are the princely couple's first children, Albert has had several children with different women out of wedlock. He has publicly recognized two other children.

Other dynasties have produced royal twins.

The crown prince and crown princess of Denmarkbecame the parents of royal twins in 2011 — a boy and a girl. The boy, Prince Vincent, is fourth in the line of succession, ahead of sister Princess Josephine, but only because he emerged from the womb first.

This article originally appeared in : Monaco's Princess Charlene gives birth to twins | Associated Press | By ELAINE GANLEY and LIONEL CIRONNEAU | December 11, 2014

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Did Adele Snub Band Aid's 2014 'Do They Know It's Christmas'?

Did Adele Snub Band Aid's 2014 'Do They Know It's Christmas'? - The 30th anniversary of the 1984 holiday charity classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is here, and the charitable folks at Band Aid decided to celebrate with an anti-Ebola edition. It’s a virtual who’s-who of big names in British and Irish music — One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, with Bono back three decades later — but one obvious U.K. person is nowhere to be found.

Project organizer Bob Geldof — who co-wrote the original back in 1984 — said Adele ignored his pleas to appear on the song, according to a Guardian report. Billboard reached out to Adele’s team for comment on this report.

The 30th anniversary of the 1984 holiday charity classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is here, and the charitable folks at Band Aid decided to celebrate with an anti-Ebola edition. It’s a virtual who’s-who of big names in British and Irish music — One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, with Bono back three decades later — but one obvious U.K. person is nowhere to be found.

Project organizer Bob Geldof — who co-wrote the original back in 1984 — said Adele ignored his pleas to appear on the song, according to a Guardian report. Billboard reached out to Adele’s team for comment on this report.

The singer was included in early reports amongst other confirmed collaborators. However, The Guardian says Adele’s team maintains she should have never been included on the list, and that she chose to support the cause “with a donation.”

Geldof told The Sun, “Some people just don’t want to do it… Adele is doing nothing, she’s not answering the phone… she’s not writing. She’s not recording. She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know.”

Watch: One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin & More Sing New Band Aid 30 Charity Single

Back on Oct. 9, Adele’s U.K. label XL Recordings noted that the singer’s highly anticipated third studio album will not be arriving in 2014.

Check out the final version of the Adele-less song, which debuted during The X Factor in the U.K. on Sunday (Nov. 16).

This article originally appeared in : Did Adele Snub Band Aid's 2014 'Do They Know It's Christmas'? | Billboard | by Chris Payne November 18, 2014

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Messi's 3rd hat trick in 4 games leads Barcelona

Messi's 3rd hat trick in 4 games leads Barcelona - Lionel Messi scored a hat trick for the third time in his last four games, rallying Barcelona over Espanyol 5-1 Sunday night in the Catalan derby.

After Sergio Garcia scored for visiting Espanyol in the 13th minute, Messi curled in a goal in first-half injury time and put Barcelona ahead in the 50th off a cross from Luis Suarez. Gerard Pique headed in Ivan Rakitic's corner kick three minutes later, Pedro Rodriguez made it 4-1 in the 77th and Messi scored in the 81st for his 29th Barcelona hat trick, his 21st in La Liga.

Messi has 20 goals in 19 games this season, including 13 in the Spanish League. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo leads Lia Liga with 23 goals and has 29 in 21 matches overall.

Messi has 402 goals overall for Barcelona, including 28 in exhibition games. Barcelona moved two points ahead of defending champion Atletico Madrid and trails first-place Real Madrid by two points.


Andy Carroll displayed the attributes that once made him one of the world's most expensive players, heading in goals in the 41st and 66th minutes to lead West Ham over Swansea 3-1 and into third place in the Premier League.

Carroll also flicked on a long ball for Diafra Sakho, who scored West Ham's third goal in the 87th, Carroll, coming off a long injury layoff, was acquired by Liverpool for 35 million pounds (then $56 million) in 2011, then loaned to West Ham a year later and bought outright by the Hammers in 2013.

Aston Villa rallied to beat last-place Leicester 2-1 and moved into 11th place. Leonardo Ulloa scored off a rebound in the 13th minute after American goalkeeper Brad Guzan failed to hold Riyad Mahrez's shot, but the Villans rallied on goals by Ciaran Clark four minutes later and right back Alan Hutton in the 71st.


Napoli rallied from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw at home against Empoli, while Genoa beat AC Milan 1-0 to move into third place in Serie A.

Simone Verdi and Daniele Rugani had given Empoli a comfortable lead but two goals in five minutes from Duvan Zapata and substitute Jonathan De Guzman saw Napoli recover.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Former Milan defender Luca Antonelli scored the only goal of the game in Genoa to lift the home team two points above Napoli.

Udinese rallied to win 2-1 at Inter Milan on goals Bruno Fernandes and Cyril Thereau, leaving Roberto Mancini 0-2-1 in the league since returning as coach.


American forward Terrence Boyd of Red Bull Leipzig tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during the first half of a 1-0 loss to Ingolstadt in the German second division. Boyd

Born in Bremen, Germany, Boyd has made 13 appearances for the U.S. He was on the 30-man preliminary World Cup roster, then was cut by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hamburg took advantage of Mainz's mistakes to win 2-1 in the Bundesliga and give itself some breathing space in the fight against relegation. A third straight home victory allowed Hamburg to leave the danger zone, while Mainz is without a win in six consecutive matches.

Alexander Meier scored twice to lead Eintracht Frankfurt past Werder Bremen 5-2 for his team's third consecutive victory.


Marseille restored its one-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain in the French league by defeating Metz 3-1 on goals by Andre-Pierre Gignac in the 43rd, Andre Ayew in the 59th and Dimitri Payet in stoppage time. Florent Malouda had tied the score in the 46th.

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