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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Associated Press Associated Press 12/09/2016
In this Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, South Korean and U.S. Marines stand in smoke during the 66th Incheon Landing Operations Commemoration ceremony in Incheon, South Korea. Incheon is the coastal city where the United Nations Forces led by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in September, 1950 just months after North Korea invaded the South. North Korea said Friday it conducted a "higher level" nuclear warhead test explosion, which it trumpeted as finally allowing it to build "at will" an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. It is Pyongyang's fifth atomic test and the second in eight months. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) © The Associated Press In this Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, file photo, South Korean and U.S. Marines stand in smoke during the 66th Incheon Landing Operations Commemoration ceremony in Incheon, South Korea. Incheon is the coastal city where the United Nations Forces led by U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in September, 1950 just months after North Korea invaded the South. North Korea said Friday it conducted a "higher level" nuclear warhead test explosion, which it trumpeted as finally allowing it to build "at will" an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. It is Pyongyang's fifth atomic test and the second in eight months. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

North Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test last week that will allow it to build an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned the nuclear test — the North's fifth and its second of the year — and promised new measures against Pyongyang. South Korea's president said the detonation, which Seoul estimated was the North's biggest-ever in explosive yield, was an act of "fanatic recklessness" and a sign that leader Kim Jong Un "is spiraling out of control." President Barack Obama said the U.S. would never accept North Korea as a nuclear power.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of Britain, Japan, Russia and other Group of 20 nations pledged to boost sluggish global growth by promoting innovation as they met in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

Obama became the first U.S. president to make an official visit to Laos, paying tribute to survivors maimed by some 80 million unexploded bombs America dropped on the Southeast Asian country decades ago and pledging U.S. help to finally clean them up.

A boiler exploded and triggered a fire at a packaging factory near Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 31 workers and injuring dozens. Factory safety is a major concern in Bangladesh, which has thousands of garment and packaging factories that supply products to global chains like Wal-Mart and H&M.

Muslims around the world prepared to celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Hiroshi Otabe in Tokyo.

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