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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, a bride is helped before a mass wedding in Surat, India. Two hundred and fifty one young couples, including five Mu...
In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, people gather on a bridge which was washed out by flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin in Zamboanga Del ...
In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, India's Lokesh Rahul, third right, takes a selfie with teammates wearing Santa caps after their win in the third Tw...
In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo,  Japan's Emperor Akihito, third from left, waves with his family from a balcony as national flags are waved by well...
In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Reuters journalist Thet Oo Maung, known as Wa Lone, exits a police van as he arrives for a court appearance, outsid...
In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, pro-democracy activists hold pictures of Chinese activist Wu Gan near the Chinese central government's liaison offi...
In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, a man prepares his Santa Claus outfit at the Marunouchi district office building in Tokyo. About 200 workers from t...
In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, a woman takes a photo in front of the comfort woman statue and empty chairs symbolizing victims of comfort women in...
In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, an worker is silhouetted as he prepares a temporary structure for Christmas and New Year celebrations in Thiruvanan...
In this Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a century against England during their Ashes cricket test match in Melb...
In this Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, Wild Oats X enters open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney. The 630-nautical mile rac...
In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, Buddhist nuns participate on a month long bicycle pilgrimage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Roughly 200 Drukpa Kung-Fu Nuns b...
In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, a cyclist uses a flashlight to see the road as he rides in thick fog in Lucknow, India. In the winter months, north...
In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, a child chooses from LED embedded balloons on sale at a shopping district in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan,...

In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, a bride is helped before a mass wedding in Surat, India. Two hundred and fifty one young couples, including five Mu...

In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, people gather on a bridge which was washed out by flooding brought about by tropical storm Tembin in Zamboanga Del ...

In this Dec. 24, 2017, file photo, India's Lokesh Rahul, third right, takes a selfie with teammates wearing Santa caps after their win in the third Tw...

In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito, third from left, waves with his family from a balcony as national flags are waved by well...

In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, Reuters journalist Thet Oo Maung, known as Wa Lone, exits a police van as he arrives for a court appearance, outsid...

In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, pro-democracy activists hold pictures of Chinese activist Wu Gan near the Chinese central government's liaison offi...

In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, a man prepares his Santa Claus outfit at the Marunouchi district office building in Tokyo. About 200 workers from t...

In this Dec. 27, 2017, file photo, a woman takes a photo in front of the comfort woman statue and empty chairs symbolizing victims of comfort women in...

In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, an worker is silhouetted as he prepares a temporary structure for Christmas and New Year celebrations in Thiruvanan...

In this Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a century against England during their Ashes cricket test match in Melb...

In this Dec. 26, 2017, file photo, Wild Oats X enters open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney. The 630-nautical mile rac...

In this Dec. 23, 2017, file photo, Buddhist nuns participate on a month long bicycle pilgrimage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Roughly 200 Drukpa Kung-Fu Nuns b...

In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, a cyclist uses a flashlight to see the road as he rides in thick fog in Lucknow, India. In the winter months, north...

In this Dec. 25, 2017, file photo, a child chooses from LED embedded balloons on sale at a shopping district in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan,...

A bride is helped before a mass wedding of over 250 couples in Surat, India. The wedding was hosted by an Indian businessman who has funded nuptials of fatherless brides in the city of Surat for several years. Weddings in India are expensive affairs with the bride's family traditionally expected to pay the groom a large dowry of cash and gifts.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, people gathered on a bridge washed out in flooding brought by Tropical Storm Tembin in Zamboanga Del Sur province in the southern Philippines.

Pro-democracy activists held pictures of Chinese activist Wu Gan near the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong. Activist Wu Gan, who calls himself the "Ultra Vulgar Butcher" for mocking and pressuring Chinese officials, was given an eight-year prison sentence on charges of subversion, the harshest punishment in a sweeping crackdown on rights campaigners.

Japan's Emperor Akihito waved with his family from a balcony as well-wishers held up national flags at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Akihito marked his 84th birthday with a pledge to fulfill his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019.

India's Lokesh Rahul took a selfie with teammates wearing Santa caps after their win in the third Twenty20 international cricket match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.

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Updated : 2021-05-09 13:06 GMT+08:00