AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 3:35 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

At the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima, nearly all the 6,000 workers are devoted to a single, distracting task: Coping with the enormous and growing amount of contaminated water used to keep the tsunami-damaged reactors from overheating. They have built nearly 1,000 large tanks to store the water in.

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It was a week of summits in the Asia-Pacific region.

Leaders from 21 regional economies gathered in Beijing for the annual APEC forum, where Chinese host and President Xi Jinping had his first meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two men briefly shook hands. Leaders from Japan and China had not met in two years amid simmering tension over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

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After attending APEC, U.S. President Barack Obama joined back-to-back summits in Naypyitaw, Myanmar's purpose-built capital — the ASEAN summit, which brings together leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the East Asia Summit. Women dressed look-a-like ethnic attire, including one with a fake copper neck ring, welcomed leaders to the city, although none belonged to the minority groups they represented.

While in Myanmar, Obama showed support for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and urged the country not to discriminate against the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, who are viewed by the Myanmar government as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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An 18-year-old Japanese man set a Guinness World Record time for 100 meters on his arms and legs. Katsumi Tamakoshi's time was 15.86 seconds.