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Ivory Urn for Top Thai Buddhist's Remains Sparks Debate

by Steve Herman, VOA, August 5, 2014

BANGKOK, Thailand -- In Thailand, an urn has been carved from ivory to hold the remains of the country's top religious leader, who died last year. The production of the urn comes as Thailand faces international pressure to eradicate the world’s largest market for unregulated ivory.

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Buddhist Thais and Malaysian in Betong give alms on Asanha Bucha day

NNT, July 10, 2014

YALA, Thailand -- Buddhist Thais and Malaysians in Betong district joined together for an alms giving ceremony on the occasion of Asanha Bucha day, under the strict guard of authorities to make sure everything went smoothly.

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Monks' bad behaviour hotline launched by Thai Buddhist authorities

Agence France-Presse, 19 June 2014

National Office of Buddhism says hotline idea emerged after Thai coup leader expressed concern about the religion's image

Bangkok, Thailand -- Buddhist monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts.

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Buddhist monks charged with child abuse in Thailand

AFP, 28 May 2014

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thai police say they have charged five defrocked Buddhist abbots with sexually abusing eight boys at monasteries around the northern city of Chiang Mai.

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Buddhists from 80 countries join ‘World Vesak Day’ at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University Ayutthaya

NNT, May 12, 2014

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand -- Leaders of Buddhism from 80 different countries around the world have joined the world Vesak Day Celebration, held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Ayutthaya Province.

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