At least 19 people were killed last week in a knife attack at a facility for the disabled in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan. The 26-year-old man accused of carrying out the attack had written a letter in February to parliament's lower house speaker, outlining what was similar to the bloody attack, and expressing his disturbing views.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Indian authorities tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rain killed dozens and uprooted tens of thousands from their homes in the states of Assam in the remote northeast and Bihar in the east. Vast tracts of Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, were under water.
In his first state of the nation address before Congress, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas. But he lifted the cease-fire order five days later, after the rebels killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce.
Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others who got an unexpected reprieve are put to death. Relatives, rights groups and foreign governments had urged Indonesia to spare all 14 lives but it was unclear whether that had any influence on the decision to not carry out all the executions at once.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok.