AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Aug 17, 2015 4:08 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

The Chinese port of Tianjin was rocked by a massive explosion at a warehouse last week that sent up huge fireballs. About 1,000 firefighters responded to the disaster, which killed at least 114 people. But 70 are still missing — many of them firefighters.

The charred remains of rows and rows of new cars parked near the site suggest the scale of the disaster. The blasts originated at a warehouse for hazardous material, where tons of toxic sodium cyanide was being stored in amounts that violated safety rules.

In other AP photos from around Asia last week, a Bangladeshi activist held a candle as part of a protest against the killing of a secular blogger, Niladri Chottopadhay Niloy. It was the fourth such deadly attack this year.

Against the backdrop of one of India's largest mosques, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on India's 69th Independence Day, while in the northern region of Kashmir, police women participated in a parade marking the holiday.

Villagers in Myanmar waded through waist-deep water as the country has been inundated by heavy monsoon rains that began in late June, causing a rash of flash floods and landslides.

Visitors bowed deeply at Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine honoring the war dead as Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. At the same time, South Korea celebrated Korea Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule.

Soaring temperatures in Japan sent some families to Tokyo's Daiba bay area where the city's skyline was clearly visible.

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