AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

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Posted: May 02, 2016 4:36 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Colorful lanterns in Seoul for Buddha's birthday, an anti-Rohingya protest in Myanmar and sumo wrestlers holding babies were among editors' picks of images from around Asia last week.

Mar Roxas, one of five presidential candidates in the Philippines, greeted supporters with a week to go in the country's May 9 elections.

In Myanmar, a maroon robe-clad Buddhist monk wore a sticker saying "No Rohingya" during a protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Yangon. Myanmar nationalists believe the long-persecuted Muslim minority who live in the western part of the country are illegal immigrants and refer to them as "Bengalis."

Most parents try to keep their babies from crying. But in the ancient Japanese ritual of "nakizumo," sumo wrestlers holding babies make noises and faces to try to get the infants to cry. The baby who wails first — or longest and loudest — is deemed the winner. The tradition is based on the idea that crying babies will ward off demons and grow healthily.

In disputed Kashmir, a masked protester jumped in the air during a confrontation with Indian police while another man rode a horse past walls of snow on a mountain pass that was opened to traffic for the first time in about six months.

Much of India is reeling under a weeks-long heat wave and drought conditions. One girl carried drinking water on her head from an almost dried up well. The severe conditions have destroyed crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs.

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