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67th Chin National Day celebrated in Indianapolis, USA on February 20, 2015. Photo: Chin Cable Network Channel
67th Chin National Day celebrated in Indianapolis, USA on February 20, 2015. Photo: Chin Cable Network Channel

The Chin or Lai-Hakha version of the “Community Integration Guidebook” was released as Chin people around the world celebrate their National Day, commemorating the day that the Chin leaders abandoned traditional feudal culture of ruling and introduced a democratic system of governing in 1948, according to a press release from the Burmese American Community Institute on February 21.

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Driving rain and high winds from Cyclone Marcia hit Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia, February 20, 2015. Photo: Karin Calvert/EPA

Australia was assessing the damage from two severe cyclones that left a trail of destruction on February 21, wrecking hundreds of homes and cutting electricity to thousands as authorities warned of more flooding and gusty winds.

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Guest curator Mr Donald M. Stadtner offers his perspective on the Buddhist Art of Myanmar exhibition during a presentation at the Asia Society Museum in New York. Photo: Asia Society /Twitter
Guest curator Mr Donald M. Stadtner offers his perspective on the Buddhist Art of Myanmar exhibition during a presentation at the Asia Society Museum in New York. Photo: Asia Society /Twitter

An impressive exhibition of Buddhist art from Myanmar is now open at the Asia Society Museum in New York that the organisers say comes at opportune time, given that Myanmar is opening up to the world and going through a transition.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C-L) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Director General of Security Duncan Lewis (C-R) attend a counterterrorism briefing at the Operations Coordination Centre of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) headquarters in Canberra, Australia, 12 February 2015.  EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (C-L) and Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Director General of Security Duncan Lewis (C-R) attend a counterterrorism briefing at the Operations Coordination Centre of the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Canberra, Australia, February 12, 2015. Photo: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged tighter screening of migrants after police thwarted an alleged terror attack on February 12, while vowing that "ugly fanaticism" will be defeated.

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The Lord Mayor of London, Alan Yarrow (C) delivers a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at Guildhall in London, Britain, November 10, 2014. Photo: Hannah McKay/EPA
The Lord Mayor of London, Alan Yarrow (C) delivers a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at Guildhall in London, Britain, November 10, 2014. Photo: Hannah McKay/EPA

The Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow will visit Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon from February 15 to 17 with the aim of building bilateral ties and strengthening the City of London’s relationship with a country his office believes is an important Southeast Asian regional partner, according to his office, February 12.

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The Mount Fuji is seen at sunset from lake Shoji in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan, 10 January 2015. Photo:  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON
The Mount Fuji, one of Japan's most famous symbols, Mount Fuji was named as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2013. Photo:  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan is considering making it compulsory for workers to take at least five days' paid holiday a year, in a bid to lessen the toll on mental and physical health in a country famed for its long hours.