Buddhists donate food and other necessities to monks as a way of earning merit for future lives. Monks have refused donations of alms from the military as a political protest in 1990 and 2007, a boycott that some monks insist is still in effect. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Reforms End Myanmar Monks' Spiritual Strike?

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Aung San Suu Kyi finally received her honorary degree from Oxford University after it was initially awarded in 1993. In her speech, Suu Kyi praised Oxford for helping her see humankind at its best during her long years under house arrest in Myanmar. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP hide caption

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'Many Strands' Of Suu Kyi's Life Unite In Oxford

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Oxford To Honor Suu Kyi After Years Of House Arrest

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gives her acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. The Burmese opposition leader was awarded the prize two decades ago. Daniel Sannum Lauten/AP hide caption

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Aung San Suu Kyi Gives Long-Overdue Nobel Speech

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Europe Welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi

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Suu Kyi Heads To Europe

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is heading to Europe for the first time in more than two decades and will be giving a series of high-profile speeches She's shown here on June 2 meeting with Myanmarese refugees who are living in camps in Thailand. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nobel Acceptance Speech — Two Decades Overdue

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi waves to Myanmar refugees during her visit to the Mae La refugee camp near the Thai-Myanmar border on Saturday. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Like Our Own Mother': Aung San Suu Kyi In Thailand

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A local resident entertains visitors to the Kawah Kamojang geothermal field in West Java. He puts a length of bamboo to the steam coming from the ground to make a whistle, then throws soda cans into the vent, which shoots them high into the air. The Dutch colonial government drilled Indonesia's first geothermal wells at Kamojang in 1926, when the country was still known as the Dutch East Indies. Yosef Riadi for NPR hide caption

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For Future Energy, Volcanic Indonesia Bets On Heat

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Muslims (in the foreground) face a group of Christians during a bloody clash in Ambon, the provincial capital of Indonesia's Maluku Island, on Sept. 11, 2011. The riot exposed deep fault lines between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia. Angkotasan/Getty Images hide caption

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Hard-Line Muslims Test Indonesia's Tolerance

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U.S. Marines are shown during a training exercise south of Darwin, Australia. Marines recently arrived in Australia as part of a move by the U.S. to place greater emphasis on Asia and the Pacific. Glenn Campbell/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Are U.S. Troops In Australia A Hedge Against China?

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Gambling machines are extremely popular in Australia, and there are concerns about the level of gambling addiction. Opinion polls show that many Australians would like to see greater regulation of gambling. Paul Miller/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Australia's Poker Machines: Are They Too Popular?

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A man gathering firewood to sell cuts down mangrove trees in the coastal area of Medan city on Indonesia's Sumatra island on Jan. 31. The country, which has one-quarter of the world's mangroves, is losing them at a rate of 6 percent a year. The coastal forests play important ecological and environmental roles. Suntanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drama Amid Indonesia's Disappearing Mangroves

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A coup attempt in Indonesia on Sept. 30, 1965, triggered a series of events that led to the ouster of President Sukarno and unleashed a wave of violence against suspected communists in the country that left up to 1 million people dead. In this photo from 1965, Indonesian soldiers watch suspected communists held at Tangerang, a suburb of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Bettmann/Corbis /AP hide caption

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Exposing Indonesia's Cold War Communist Purge

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