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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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Thailand refuses to submit nomination of Somdet Chuang as Supreme Patriarch

by Anapat Deechuay and Sakda Samerpop, The Nation, July 12, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged not to submit the nomination of Somdet Chuang as the new supreme patriarch for royal endorsement for fear it would spark turmoil.

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Thai PM warns monks they face arrest if staging a protest

ThaiPBS, July 13, 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday hit back at a senior monk who threatened to lead a mass protest of monks if the former does not submit the nomination of Somdet Chuang as the new supreme patriarch to His Majesty the King for endorsement within seven days.

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How Buddhist monks are battling deforestation in Cambodia

by Ate Hoekstra, Deutch Welle, July 7, 2016

Cambodia has one of the world's highest deforestation rates. But a group of Buddhist monks are stepping up efforts to save forests by publicly revealing wrongdoings and mobilizing local villagers.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
-- His memories often bring But Buntenh back to Cambodia thirty years ago. There were jungles as far as the eye could see. Centuries-old trees gave shade and provided shelter to birds and wild animals.

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Buddhist institute seeks donations to expand facilities

by Jarod Lim, The Star, 11 July 2016

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- THE Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields is organising a charity dinner to raise funds for an expansion project for the Buddhist Institute Sunday Dhamma School (BISDS).

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Funeral fo the late Sayadaw U Pandita


Archive of Images of the funeral

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Buddhist nationalist group threatens stability in Myanmar

by MOTOKAZU MATSUI, Nikkei Asian Review, June 29, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- An anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalist group in Myanmar is rapidly extending its influence, growing into a political force that could pose a serious challenge to the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Thousands of Buddhist monks march in anti-Muslim protests in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State

SCMP, 3 July, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar -- Myanmar’s bitterly-divided Rakhine State saw mass protests on Sunday as thousands of Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the restive province, organisers said.

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Buddhist Mob Destroys Mosque in Myanmar

AFP, June 25, 2016

YANGON, Myanmar -- Scores of police have been deployed to guard a village in central Myanmar where religious tensions are running high after a Buddhist mob destroyed a mosque, authorities said Saturday.

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Thai firms to construct five high-end hotels for Buddhist circuit

by Archis Mohan, Business Standard, June 18, 2016

India-Thailand to negotiate a new bilateral investment treaty
New Delhi, India
-- India and Thailand today agreed to negotiate a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and increase cooperation in areas of defence and maritime security.

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