AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

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Posted: Aug 08, 2016 1:08 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Flooding from heavy monsoon rains in India has killed scores of people, with about a million taking shelter in government-run relief camps. Incessant downpours have damaged swaths of land, uprooted trees and snapped telephone cables in dozens of districts in the states of Bihar in the east, Assam in the remote northeast and Himachal Pradesh in the north. Floods are an annual occurrence in many parts of India during the June-September monsoon season.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir extended a curfew to most of the disputed Himalayan region in an attempt to prevent an anti-India protest march to a prominent shrine, but clashes erupted as thousands defied the restrictions.

The mostly Muslim region, where resistance to rule by predominantly Hindu India is strong, has been under a rolling curfew and strikes for about a month after the killing of a popular rebel commander sparked massive anti-India demonstrations. At least 54 civilians and a policeman have been killed and thousands injured in protest-related violence.

In Japan, Tomomi Inada, who has downplayed the country's wartime actions and is known for her far-right views, was named defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, a move that could unsettle Tokyo's relations with Asian neighbors with bitter memories of its World War II-era atrocities. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet in a bid to support his economic and security policies, as well as push for revising Japan's postwar pacifist constitution.

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