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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia


              In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, center, in the ongoing assassination investigation, is esco...

              In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko smile as they leave for Vietnam at the Haneda Intern...

              In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Saudi King Salman, left, rides on a golf cart with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during thei...

              In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, a man with a painted face attend the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malays...

              In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo, a U.S. Navy F18 fighter jet from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a pa...

              In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, a participant prepares for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney. (AP Photo/Ri...

              In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo, bus ushers take selfies on an empty street adjacent to the Great Hall of the People during the Ch...

              In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, bus ushers leap as they pose for a group photo at Tiananmen Square during a plenary session of ...

              Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, an employee advertising for a pachinko gaming parlor wears a President Donald Trump mask to attract cus...

              In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Germany's Denise Herrmann shoots as she warms up prior to the women's Biathlon 7.5 km sprint co...

              In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo members of Student Federation of India shout anti government slogans during a protest march to the...

              In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Ri Tong Il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, center, speaks to repo...

              In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, a farmer and her dog walk through a rice field in Naypytaw, Myanmar. Myanmar celebrates the nat...

              In this Friday, March, 3, 2017, photo, a television anchor stands on a step ladder to report outside the Great Hall of the People where...

In this Wednesday, March 1, 2017, photo, Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, center, in the ongoing assassination investigation, is esco...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko smile as they leave for Vietnam at the Haneda Intern...

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Saudi King Salman, left, rides on a golf cart with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during thei...

In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, a man with a painted face attend the Day of Remembrance for MH370 event in Kuala Lumpur, Malays...

In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo, a U.S. Navy F18 fighter jet from the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) for a pa...

In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, a participant prepares for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney. (AP Photo/Ri...

In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo, bus ushers take selfies on an empty street adjacent to the Great Hall of the People during the Ch...

In this Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, bus ushers leap as they pose for a group photo at Tiananmen Square during a plenary session of ...

Saturday, March 4, 2017, photo, an employee advertising for a pachinko gaming parlor wears a President Donald Trump mask to attract cus...

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Germany's Denise Herrmann shoots as she warms up prior to the women's Biathlon 7.5 km sprint co...

In this Friday, March 3, 2017, photo members of Student Federation of India shout anti government slogans during a protest march to the...

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, Ri Tong Il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, center, speaks to repo...

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, photo, a farmer and her dog walk through a rice field in Naypytaw, Myanmar. Myanmar celebrates the nat...

In this Friday, March, 3, 2017, photo, a television anchor stands on a step ladder to report outside the Great Hall of the People where...

Appearing calm and solemn, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were charged with murder last week. The women — one from Indonesia, the other from Vietnam — are at the center of a bizarre killing at a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. Many speculate the attack was orchestrated by North Korea, but Pyongyang denies any role.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko traveled to Vietnam for a visit to promote goodwill and soothe some of the wounds of World War II by meeting with the abandoned wives of former Japanese soldiers. Akihito and Michiko met with a wife and 15 children of former Japanese soldiers in Hanoi.

Saudi King Salman began a tour of Asian countries to advance the kingdom's economic and business interests. Saudi Arabia pledged $1 billion in development finance for Indonesia and expanded cooperation in other areas, deepening ties with Southeast Asia's biggest economy as the king and a huge entourage arrived in the world's most populous Muslim nation for a nine-day visit.

The families of those onboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 launched efforts to raise at least $15 million to fund a private search as they marked the third anniversary of the plane's disappearance.

The Philippine defense chief and two other Cabinet members toured a U.S. aircraft carrier patrolling the disputed South China Sea on the invitation of the Navy.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.


Updated : 2021-03-08 00:34 GMT+08:00