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Buddhist monks who are supporters of the CNRP react as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian PM Hun Sen in Phnom Penh...Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh September 16, 2013. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

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Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.

Masked devotees rest along the street while participating in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur August 23, 2013. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival which marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

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Masked devotees rest along the street while participating in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Friday. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival that marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.

A girl looks at a passing devotee as she returns home from school during the Pancha Dan (giving away of five elements) festival in Lalitpur August 14, 2013. The festival is celebrated by the Newar and Buddhist community by giving away five elements, which include wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit. Traditional collections of religious artifacts are also displayed in monasteries and households on this occasion.

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A girl looks at a passing devotee as she returns home from school during the Pancha Dan festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated by the Buddhist communities, who give five gifts, of wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit, to monks. Collections of religious artifacts are also displayed in monasteries and households.

Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery, the site of an explosion, in Bodh Gaya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues Monday into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism's holiest sites in Bodhgaya.

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Novice Buddhist monks offer prayers for peace at the Tergar Monastery, the site of an explosion, in Bodh Gaya, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar, in the east of India, on Tuesday. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism’s holiest sites in Bodh Gaya.

Thai Buddhist monks set lights at the dome at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok to participate in Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies Friday, May 24, 2013. On this day devout Buddhist and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha, his birth, his enlightenment and his death. Visakha Bucha Day is recognized as the most important day in Buddhism.(

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Buddhist monks in Thailand set lights at Wat Dhammakaya on the outskirts of Bangkok as part of the Visakha Bucha Day ceremonies on Friday. On this day devout Buddhists and followers gather to celebrate the three precepts of Buddha; his birth, his enlightenment and his death. The day is recognised as the most important in Buddhist calender Read more

A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for iternally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 17, 2013.  Bangladesh and Myanmar cleaned up on May 17 after a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

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A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for internally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar, on Friday. After a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, Bangladesh and Myanmar were relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha's birthday at the Jogye Temple in Seoul May 17, 2013. Buddha's birthday falls on Friday in South Korea.    REUTERS/Yang Dong-Wook/News1   (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

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Buddhists take a rest under lanterns as they shelter themselves from the sun before a memorial service to celebrate Buddha’s birthday at the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul on Friday. Buddha’s birthday falls on Friday in South Korea. Read more

A South Korean worker attaches a name card with a wish by Buddhist followers to a lotus lantern

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A South Korean worker attaches a name card with a wish by Buddhist followers to a lotus lantern at Chogye Temple ahead of Buddha’s birthday in central Seoul.

Children Become Buddhist Monks...SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 03:  Children attend the 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks' ceremony forthcoming buddha's birthday at a Chogye temple on May 3, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. The children will stay at the temple to learn about Buddhism for 14 days. Buddha was born approximately 2,557 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha's official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which is on May 17 this year.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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Children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony at a Chogye temple on Friday in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of Buddha’s birthday. The children will stay at the temple for 14 days to learn about Buddhism. Buddha was born about 2,557 years ago and his official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which falls on May 17 this year. Read more