AP PHOTOS: Editor Selections From Asia – ABC News

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In images from around Asia last week, North Koreans celebrated the launch of a rocket condemned by many governments as a banned missile test, and in Hong Kong masked protesters threw bricks in street riots during Lunar New Year’s.

Dozens were injured and arrested in the Hong Kong when New Year festivities descended into chaos after authorities cracked down on unlicensed street stalls, a move that some viewed as Beijing tightening its hold on the semiautonomous Chinese city.

In Manila, meanwhile, lion dancers performed amid exploding firecrackers to mark the start of the Year of the Monkey.

After North Korea’s rocket launch, South Korea suspended operations at the jointly-operated Kaesong industrial park. In retaliation, Pyongyang then expelled all South Korean workers and put the area under military control.

Buddhist monks collected alms in Myanmar, which marked the anniversary of a 1947 agreement among the country’s ethnic groups that paved the way to independence from Britain.

In Tokyo, runners dressed as “minions” were among 10,000 participants in a one-kilometer run for children’s charities.


This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok.

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