Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level last week, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust, and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. Duterte has said his public death threats against drug suspects are designed to scare them to stop selling drugs and to discourage would-be users. But his latest remarks, which sparked shock and outrage, took that crime-busting approach to a different level. He later apologized to Jews for the comments.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, India said it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Pakistan dismissed the reports that India's military had targeted "terrorist launch pads" inside the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. Islamabad said instead that two of its soldiers were killed in "unprovoked" firing by India across the border.
An expert panel warned that the price tag for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could exceed 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken and several key venues are relocated, in the latest blow to Japanese organizers. The Olympic investigation team was launched by newly elected Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike after she raised concerns about growing cost estimates and the potential burden on the city and its taxpayers.
Chinese celebrated National Day, marking the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The day also marked the start of the autumn "Golden Week" nationwide holiday.
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Hiroshi Otabe in Tokyo.