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Ivory Urn for Top Thai Buddhist's Remains Sparks Debate

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. Sometime next year, a ceremony will be held to transfer the cremated remains of Thailand’s late Supreme Patriarch into an urn made of ivory. Somdet Phra Nyansamvara died last October at the age of 100. The Supreme...

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