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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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Buddhist monks and Burma?s junta

Democratic Voice of Burma, November 23, 2004

Rangoon, Burma -- When Burma?s military junta, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) declared that it is releasing around 4000 prisoners, the Buddhist communities in the country especially the monks were expecting that some of their religious brothers and sisters who were detained unjustly would be among them.

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Senior monk summoned by Viet Communist party

IBIB, Nov 23, 2004

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam -- Venerable Thich Quang Do, prominent dissident and Deputy leader of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) has informed the International Buddhist Information Bureau (IBIB) that he received a summons this morning from the Phu Nhuan Ward People?s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City (the local Communist Party authorities) to come for a "working session" at 8.00am tomorrow, Wednesday 24 November 2004. The convocation stated that he is summoned to discuss ?appropriation of state secrets?.

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Monks disrobed for brothel hopping

DPA, November 24, 2004

Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- Three Cambodian Buddhist monks were arrested and disrobed after they were caught outside a local brothel and confessed to devoting their days to Buddha and their nights to beer and prostitutes, police said.

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Fifty Buddhist monks on a sit-in

AsiaNews/Agencies, November 22, 2004

Hanoi, Vietnam -- About 50 monks belonging to the unofficial and banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam organised today a sit-in against the police which had prevented a Church delegation from visiting its sick leader in hospital.

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Dissident Vietnamese monk in tense stand-off with police

Brunei Bulletin (AFP), Nov 23, 2004

HANOI, Vietnam -- One of Vietnam's most prominent religious dissidents was prevented by police Monday from visiting the gravely ill patriarch of an outlawed Buddhist church, triggering a tense roadside stand-off.

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Buddhists "treated like 3rd class" in Thai south

By Nopporn Wong-Anan, Reuters, November 23, 2004

YALA, Thailand -- Buddhists in Thailand's Muslim-majority south say they are being treated like "third class citizens" as the government struggles to end ten months of ethnic and religious unrest which has claimed nearly 500 lives.

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