AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: May 04, 2015 6:47 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

Huddled under blankets, two elderly women near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake were bathed in amber light from the setting sun. Anxiety lined the face of a woman gazing out a bus window, joining thousands who left the capital, Kathmandu. Beside a make-shift tent, a father made funny faces to the young son in his arms.

Images captured in the week following the disaster depicted tragedy and resilience as Nepal struggled to recover from a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck April 25. More than 7,000 people died and tens of thousands lost their homes.

Rescue workers searched for survivors amid the rubble in the historic town of Bhaktapur while Nepali soldiers lined up to board a helicopter to be dropped at higher elevations to help evacuate people.

At Everest base camp, climbers searched through tents crushed by an avalanche triggered by the temblor.

In Indonesia, supporters of death-row prisoners held candles and prayed. Authorities executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling, although a Philippine woman was granted a stay of execution.

With parades and festivities, Vietnam celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War last week — an event Americans recall as the fall of Saigon, a vibrant city that is now called Ho Chi Minh City.

A Rohingya asylum seeker in Kuala Lumpur showed his oily hands from his $500-a-month job as an auto mechanic. He is one of more than 100,000 asylum seekers and "urban refugees" in Malaysia. Barred from legally working, many earn money doing dirty or dangerous jobs that locals shun.