AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

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Posted: Oct 17, 2016 12:53 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died last week at age 88. He was the world's longest-reigning monarch, having spent 70 years on the throne. The king's death after years of failing health has been deeply felt by Thai people, who began a period of extended mourning for the only monarch most of them have ever known.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, the Indian army said a three-day standoff with suspected rebels ended after government forces killed two militants inside a building in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. Militants had positioned themselves inside the building in a sprawling government on the outskirts of the disputed Himalayan region's main city of Srinagar.

India's beach resort state of Goa was turned into a high-security zone, with thousands of paramilitary troops, coast guard personnel and police officers guarding venues where the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were meeting for their eighth BRICS summit. The five BRICS countries represent nearly half the world's population and a quarter of its economy, with a combined annual GDP of $16.6 trillion.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg capitalized on a slow start by teammate Lewis Hamilton to win the Japanese Grand Prix and widen his lead in the Formula One drivers' championship. Rosberg, who started from the pole position, controlled the race throughout and finished 4.9 seconds ahead of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, who held off Hamilton in close racing over the final few laps.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.