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World Buddhist conference opens in Myanmar despite boycott call

Channel News Asia (AFP), Dec 9, 2004

YANGON, Myanmar -- A world Buddhist summit has opened in Myanmar amid pomp and ceremony, despite a boycott call, with the new premier using the occasion to call for an end to "the bullying of the weak".

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Interview with Abbot of Sitagu on the forthcoming ?World? Buddhist Summit in Burma

Democratic Voice of Burma, December 4, 2004

Rangoon, Burma -- DVB Khin Maung Soe Min?s interview with Abbot of Sitagu, the Reverend Nyan Nittara on the forthcoming ?World? Buddhist Summit in Rangoon.

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Major Buddhist landmark coming up in Malaysia's industrial heartland

The Buddhist Channel, Dec 7, 2004

Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia) -- One of Malaysia's most famous landmark, the Sultan Salahuhddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque resides in the well laid out city of Shah Alam. As the capital city of Selangor, the mosque grandeur befits the state's status as Malaysia's most developed corridor.

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Burma junta to go ahead with ?World? Buddhist summit

Democratic Voice of Burma, December 4, 2004

Yangon, Myanmar -- Despite the withdrawal of supports from the main Japanese sponsor, Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) is insisting that it is going to host the ?World? Buddhist Summit in Rangoon as planned.

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Different faiths, same aim - to improve harmony

by DEVI ASMARANI, The Straits Times, Dec 7, 2004

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- THEY came dressed in various garb that immediately gave away their faiths - from the saffron yellow robes of Buddhist monks to assorted types of Islamic and Jewish headgear.

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Religious clerics express confidence in Government policy

Vietnam News Agency, Dec 7, 2004

Jakarta, Indonesia -- Buddhism in Viet Nam is strongly growing and believers' confidence in the Government's unswerving respect for the religious freedom is rising especially since the Ordinance on Religion was issued, said a leading Buddhist monk.

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The Mekong's Mysterious Fireballs

New Paper, Singapore, Dec 6, 2004

Khon Kaen, Thailand -- FOR two nights every year, thousands gather along the banks of the Mekong River to watch a strange phenomena the Thais call the Naga fireballs. The pinkish glowing balls, the size of chicken eggs, apparently emerge noiselessly from the river's surface, rise in straight-lined succession before disappearing in the thin night air.

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Myanmar to issue new stamps to mark world Buddhist summit

Xinhuanet, Dec 5, 2004

YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar will issue two new stamps to mark the upcoming World Buddhist Summit scheduled for next Thursday in Yangon. The two new stamps, which are 5-Kyat and 30-Kyat ones, will be available on the day when the summit opens, the official newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.

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Copy of giant Buddha cast

Phuket Gazette, Nov 30, 2004

PHUKET, Thailand -- Work began yesterday on a smaller version of the controversial Mingmongkol Buddha, as the committee behind the project sought to dispel allegations that brass donated to the project had ?disappeared?.

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'Trash donors' sought for charity

by Bambang Nurbianto, The Jakarta Post, Nov 30, 2004

Jakarta, Indonesia -- "Killing two birds with one stone" is not an empty proverb for low-cost apartment residents built by Taiwan-based Buddha Tzu Chi Foundation in Cengkareng Timur, West Jakarta.

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