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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Posted September 12

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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