Five Filipino sailors returned home last week after being held captive by Somali pirates for more than four years. The five were among 26 released sailors who had been held since the pirates seized them and their Taiwanese-owned fishing vessel in March 2012. International mediators said the release "represents the end of captivity for the last remaining seafarers taken hostage during the height of Somali piracy."
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, people across India watched fireworks being lit on the eve of Diwali, the country's biggest festival. Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of Hinduism's most important festivals, dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.
Two newly elected Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers — Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung of the Youngspiration party — defied an order barring them from taking their oaths after being disqualified earlier for insulting China, sparking more unruly scenes in Hong Kong's legislature.
China showcased its burgeoning robot industry at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, part of a national effort to promote use of more advanced technologies in Chinese factories and create high-end products that redefine the meaning of "Made in China."
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo.