AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Nov 09, 2015 2:37 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

It was a history-making weekend in Asia, with Myanmar holding elections that Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party was widely expected to win and the leaders of mainland China and Taiwan meeting for the first time in 66 years.

Suu Kyi is championed around the world as a pro-democracy icon, but Sunday was the first time she had ever voted. She cast her ballot at a polling station near the lakeside villa that had served as her prison when the country was under a military dictatorship. The country has gradually moved toward democracy since the military gave up its half-century rule in 2011.

On Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping shook hands with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou at a hotel in Singapore in the first meeting between leaders of the two former Cold War enemies since 1949.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, promised $12 billion in federal aid to boost economic growth in the Indian-controlled portion of the troubled Kashmir region.

In other images from around Asia last week, candles were lit to remember victims on the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead in central Philippines, while visitors snapped photos under a tunnel of lights on the eve of Seoul Lantern Festival.

In sports action, Japanese figure skater Mao Asada twirled during an exhibition event in Beijing, and Hong Kong played South Korea in Asia Rugby Sevens qualifying matches for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editors Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok and Toru Takahashi in Tokyo.


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