AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.  A witness says many people have been k

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says many people have been k

In this March 11, 2019, photo, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, center, smiles as she leaves Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The Indonesian woman

In this March 11, 2019, photo, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, center, smiles as she leaves Shah Alam High Court in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The Indonesian woman

In this March 13, 2019, photo,  elderly locals hug Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, as he attends a government-sp

In this March 13, 2019, photo, elderly locals hug Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and candidate for the same position, as he attends a government-sp

In this March 12, 2019, photo, Chinese bus ushers pose for photos outside the Great Hall of the People during a plenary session of the National People

In this March 12, 2019, photo, Chinese bus ushers pose for photos outside the Great Hall of the People during a plenary session of the National People

In this March 9, 2019, photo, a security officer stands on duty behind a glass window reflecting Tiananmen Square at the Great Hall of the People wher

In this March 9, 2019, photo, a security officer stands on duty behind a glass window reflecting Tiananmen Square at the Great Hall of the People wher

In this March 13, 2019, photo, delegates leave after the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Grea

In this March 13, 2019, photo, delegates leave after the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Grea

In this March 12, 2019, photo, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, left, and Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa speak at the start of a joint press confere

In this March 12, 2019, photo, Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard, left, and Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa speak at the start of a joint press confere

In this March 13, 2019, photo,  water drops from a faucet as residents wait for trucks bearing water to return in Mandaluyong, metropolitan Manila, Ph

In this March 13, 2019, photo, water drops from a faucet as residents wait for trucks bearing water to return in Mandaluyong, metropolitan Manila, Ph

In this March 14, 2019, photo, K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, center, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. Police hav

In this March 14, 2019, photo, K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, center, arrives at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. Police hav

In this March 12, 2019, photo, a worker is silhouetted as the cityscape is covered with a thick haze of fine dust particles, at the National Museum of

In this March 12, 2019, photo, a worker is silhouetted as the cityscape is covered with a thick haze of fine dust particles, at the National Museum of

In this March 13, 2019, photo,  a worker attaches a name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern for the upcoming celebration of Buddha's bir

In this March 13, 2019, photo, a worker attaches a name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern for the upcoming celebration of Buddha's bir

Dozens of people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that were full of worshippers attending Friday prayers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacks in Christchurch were "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped a murder charge against Indonesian Siti Aisyah in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother. Aisyah and a Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, were accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's face at a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal. They have said they thought they were taking part in a prank for a TV show. Huong was not freed and her murder case is to proceed.

China held the annual session of its legislature in Beijing. The National People's Congress has a rubber-stamp function but its agenda included speeches by policy makers like Premier Li Keqiang.

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

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