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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Associated Press Associated Press 7/11/2016
In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is surrounded by prosecutor's officers and media as protesters hold signs reading "Arrest, Choi Soon-sil and Step down Park Geun-hye" at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea is hoping for answers Monday about its biggest scandal in years. At the center is Choi Soon-sil. Media speculation claims that Choi, who has no official ties to the administration, may have had a major role in government affairs by pulling strings from the shadows while exploiting her relationship with Park for money and favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File) © The Associated Press In this Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 photo, Choi Soon-sil, center, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to President Park Geun-hye, is surrounded by prosecutor's officers and media as protesters hold signs reading "Arrest, Choi Soon-sil and Step down Park Geun-hye" at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea is hoping for answers Monday about its biggest scandal in years. At the center is Choi Soon-sil. Media speculation claims that Choi, who has no official ties to the administration, may have had a major role in government affairs by pulling strings from the shadows while exploiting her relationship with Park for money and favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

In an extraordinary display of abject apology during a moment of supreme crisis, South Korean President Park Geun-hye took sole blame last week for a "heartbreaking" scandal amid rising suspicion that she allowed a mysterious confidante to manipulate power from the shadows.

The confidante, Choi Soon-sil, a cult leader's daughter with a decades-long connection to Park, was formally arrested earlier last week, and the president's nominee for prime minister, the country's No. 2 job, has suggested that Park can be directly investigated, despite her immunity from prosecution.

In other images from the Asia-Pacific region last week, Indonesian police said one person died and seven were injured in clashes in Jakarta that followed a protest by hard-line Muslims demanding the arrest of the capital's minority-Christian governor for alleged blasphemy.

Two newly elected pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers barred from the legislature for insulting China in their swearing-in ceremony set off another round of disorder in the chamber by scuffling with guards as they tried again to take their oaths.

A new report from UNICEF says about a third of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighboring countries, risking serious health effects, including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs. Of that global total, 300 million kids are exposed to pollution levels more than six times higher than standards set by the World Health Organization, including 220 million in South Asia.

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

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