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Thailand's Nessie

BY FOONG THIM LENG, The Star (Malaysia), December 25, 2004

Nong Khai, Thailand -- The story of Paya Naga, a legendary, serpentine monster, is often told in Nong Khai, Thailand. It is the local equivalent of Scotland?s Loch Ness monster, and every year, thousands of people gather on the banks of the Mekong in Nong Khai, north-eastern Thailand, as well as across the river in Laos, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the Paya Naga.

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Buddhist leader's 11th death anniversary marked

VNA, Dec 23, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- The 11th death anniversary of the Most Venerable Thich Duc Nhuan, first leader of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS), was marked at the Quang Duc Buddhist Institute in HCM City on Wednesday.

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Cambodia bans song depicting Buddhist monk falling in love

AP, December 21, 2004

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A government order banning a pop song about a Buddhist monk falling in love will unlikely affect its sales, a production manager said Tuesday.

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