It was an eventful first week of 2016 in Asia, with political rallies in Taiwan drawing cheering supporters ahead of this weekend's presidential elections, while a swoon in mainland Chinese stocks sent shivers through global markets.
A defiant North Korea, meanwhile, said it conducted a disputed hydrogen bomb test that showed up as seismic waves on screens at South Korea's meteorological agency. Even if it wasn't an H-bomb, the test likely pushes Pyongyang closer to its goal of a nuclear-armed missile that can reach the U.S. mainland.
In other images from around the region, tens of thousands of Catholic devotees in Manila jostled to get closer to the image of the Black Nazarene in a raucous procession.
In Kashmir, Shiite Muslim boys held candles during a protest against Saudi Arabia, which said it executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al-Qaida detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric.
As the sun rose over Singapore, a man found a quiet spot for morning exercises, while Japanese men performed ladder stunts to preserve New Year's traditions.
In the world of sports, Australia's David Warner celebrated hitting a century in a cricket test match against the West Indies, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus clenched her fist after winning a point at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Hiroshi Otabe in Tokyo.