AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

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Posted: Sep 26, 2016 1:51 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said last week that he will invite the U.N. chief and European Union officials to investigate his bloody anti-drug crackdown, but only if he can question them in public afterward to prove their human rights concerns are baseless. Duterte disclosed the offer in a speech in which he again lashed out at critics of his crackdown, including President Barack Obama and European countries. More than 3,000 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since July and more than 600,000 others have surrendered for fear of being killed in Duterte's crackdown.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, North Korea held an air festival featuring sky diving, air force demonstrations and lots of beer to promote a newly renovated and upgraded airport in the coastal city of Wonsan, an area where it hopes to draw more foreign tourists. The International Friendship Air Festival was touted for months by the North as part of its ongoing effort to draw more tourists.

The Pyongyang International Film Festival wrapped up with top honors going to a domestically produced feature about a young woman who selflessly devotes herself to raising orphans. The winner of the "Best Torch Award," selected by a panel of international judges, was "Story About My House," a drama about Ri Jong A, who wins the honors of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for devoting herself to raising orphans after graduating from school.

Nico Rosberg hung on for the narrowest Formula One victory in six years to win the Singapore Grand Prix, celebrating his 200th career start in perfect style as he reclaimed the championship lead from his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg held on to beat Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull by just 0.488 of a second at the Marina Bay street circuit, while Hamilton took third place.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo.