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Dutchman held in Myanmar after 'pulling plug' on Buddhist sermon

AFP, 26 September 2016

Mandalay, Myanmar -- A Dutch tourist has been detained in Myanmar for insulting religion after being accused of pulling the plug on a speaker relaying a late-night Buddhist sermon in Mandalay.

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Nearly 200 ancient pagodas damaged in Burma quake

By Min Kyi Thein And Esther Htusan, The Associated Press, Aug. 25, 2016

Some of the structures, constructed from the 10th to the 14th centuries, were engulfed in huge clouds of dust when the tremor struck, while others lost their iconic tips.
BAGAN, BURMA
-- Using brooms and their hands, soldiers and residents of an ancient Burma city famous for its historic Buddhist pagodas began cleaning up the debris Thursday from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples.

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Commission on Arakan State to be Formed With Buddhist and Muslim Members

By LAWI WENG, THE IRRAWADDY, August 17, 2016

RANGOON, Burma -- Plans are underway to form a new commission to resolve the communal and humanitarian crisis in Arakan State, which will include Muslim and Buddhist Arakanese representatives—but from Rangoon rather than Arakan State.

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Myanmar census data undercuts Buddhist hardliner claims

Channel News Asia, 21 Jul 2016

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar -- Muslims make up just over two per cent of Myanmar's population, government census figures showed on Thursday (Jul 21), undercutting claims by Buddhist hardliners that Islam poses a threat to the dominance of their faith.

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Myanmar’s top monks parry claims of anti-muslim Buddhist hardliners

AFP, July 13, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- The body representing Myanmar’s top monks has distanced itself from Buddhist hardliners behind an incendiary anti-Muslim campaign blamed for a surge in sectarian violence across the country.

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