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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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