North Korea wrapped up its 7th Workers' Party Congress last week — its first since 1980 — touting leader Kim Jong Un's successes on the nuclear front and with promises of economic improvements, despite the weight of international sanctions over the North's development of nuclear weapons.
Afterward, hundreds of thousands of people celebrated with marches they had practiced for weeks and a massive parade featuring floats bearing patriotic slogans.
Filipino voted in elections that according to unofficial results gave bombastic Rodrigo Duterte a wide margin of victory in the presidential race. On the campaign trail, the controversial mayor of Davao peppered his speeches with obscene remarks, tales about his sexual adventures and outlandish plans.
Nissan said it was taking a 34 percent stake in scandal-ridden Mitsubishi Motors in what Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said was "a win-win" deal.
Indians continued to suffer under a sizzling heat wave, with temperatures hovering above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). And in Bangladesh, the country's largest Islamist political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, called a strike to protest against the execution of its chief.
A naked Hindu holy man sat outside his tent during the month-long Kumbh festival at Ujjain, where thousands of pilgrims have gathered for a ritual dip in the River Shipra.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.