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Sea of Saffron Robes


Thirty thousand Buddhist monks


from Myanmar and Thailand came


together to pray, meditate and


gather alms at a mass ceremenony at


Chanmyathazi Airport on December



  1. One of the organizers of the event,


the controversial Thailand-based


Dhammakaya Foundation, has


been trying to rehabilitate its public


image following an embezzlement


scandal involving its spiritual


leader more than two years ago.


Ơ KYAW ZAY WIN

In Focus


MANDALAY, MYANMAR

Photo Finish


Horsemen head to the airport as they


prepare to welcome Prime Minister


Abiy Ahmed Ali on December 12


on his return from the Nobel Peace


Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. He


received the Nobel Peace Prize for


“his decisive initiative to resolve the


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Eritrea.” The two countries signed a


peace agreement in 2018, after 20


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much of it has yet to be implemented.


Ơ EDUARDO SOTERAS

Slow Recovery


Four days after a deadly volcanic


eruption in Whakatane, recovery


workers search for missing bodies


on December 13. The recovery


operation was delayed due to severe


risks. The eight specialists wore


closed-circuit breathing apparatus as


they searched, while the volcano still


had a 50 percent chance of eruption.


Six bodies were successfully


recovered, but two remained


missing. Altogether, 16 people died.


ƠNEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE

WHITE ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

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