AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Jan 19, 2015 12:22 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

Pope Francis' much-anticipated trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines captured the attention of millions.

Ecstatic crowds lined the streets of Manila for the first papal visit in 20 years to the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic country, where 80 percent of the people are Catholic Christians. One woman even passed out waiting for him to celebrate Mass at a cathedral in Manila.

Francis made a quick trip to Tacloban, which was ravaged by a typhoon in 2013, where a rain-drenched by lively crowd welcomed him, chanting "Papa Francesco, Viva il Papa!"

In Sri Lanka, where just over 6 percent of the population is Catholic, the pope challenged listeners to pursue truth for injustices committed during the quarter-century of civil war, saying the island nation can't fully heal until doing so. Francis also traveled to the war-torn northern part of the country to visit a shrine revered by both the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil Catholics, as well as Sri Lankans of other faiths.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, notched his 1,000th career victory when he won the Brisbane International title in Australia.

In a funeral process in the disputed region of Kashmir, Muslim villagers carried the body of a man killed during a gun battle with Indian soldiers and police.