AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 12:37 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

Record-breaking pollution in Beijing, crowded cemeteries in Hong Kong and mask-wearing protesters in South Korea were among the images of daily life captured from around Asia this past week.

Visibility fell to several hundred meters (yards) and schools in Beijing were ordered to keep students indoors after air pollution soared to up to 35 times the safety levels. Concentrations of airborne particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, or PM2.5, peaked at 900 micrograms per cubic meter in one area. The World Health Organization's recommended maximum is 25 micrograms per cubic meter.

Residents in the cramped city of Hong Kong, meanwhile, are having a hard time finding space to store the dead given the limited land to build on and soaring property prices.

Winter took ahold of the Korean Peninsula as snow covered fields in North Korea and fell heavily in Seoul.

Also in the South Korean capital, thousands of protesters wearing white masks marched against conservative President Park Geun-hye, who had compared masked protesters to terrorists after clashes with police at a rally last month.

Elaborate and festive Christmas lights drew crowds to a house east of Manila, while North Korea opened a water park for tourists and local residents in Pyongyang.

And in India, navy personnel dangled from beneath a helicopter over the Arabian Sea near Mumbai during Navy Day celebrations.

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