AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Dec 8, 2022, 3:57 AM | Updated: 6:02 pm
This aerial photo taken with a drone shows rescuers inspecting the damage at a village affected by ...

This aerial photo taken with a drone shows rescuers inspecting the damage at a village affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru in Sumberwuluh, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Improved weather conditions Monday allowed rescuers to resume evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims after the highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island erupted, triggered by monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

(AP Photo/Trisnadi)

              A worker in protective suit wipes his face shield at a coronavirus testing side in Beijing, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. China is easing some of the world's most stringent anti-virus controls and authorities say new variants are weaker. But they have yet to say when they might end a "zero-COVID" strategy that confines millions of people to their homes and set off protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A security guard takes a nap on a sofa placed near the exercise equipment in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Indian women and children stand in a queue for free food distributed to mark Bhim Rao Ambedkar's death anniversary in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Ambedkar, an untouchable, or dalit, and a prominent Indian freedom fighter, was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, which outlawed discrimination based on caste. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
            
              Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions stage a rally against the government's labor policy near the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. Thousands of demonstrators representing organized labor marched in South Korea's capital on Saturday denouncing government attempts to force thousands of striking truckers back to work after they walked out in a dispute over the price of freight. The cards read "Stop the worsening of labor laws." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
            
              Australia's David Micheluzzi plays out of the rough on the 18th hole during the Australian Open golf championship at Victoria golf course in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Protesters surge near a police line near the State Palace on Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Protesters angered by allegations of corruption linked to Mongolia's coal trade with China have stormed the State Palace in the capital, demanding dismissals of officials involved in the scandal. (AP Photo/Alexander Nikolskiy)
            
              An Indian farmer walks early morning near the India-Pakistan border area of Ranbir Singh Pura, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Jammu, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
            
              Police detain activists of Communist Party of India, who marched to the Telangana state Governor's official residence demanding abolition of Governor system in states in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
            
              A duck swim on the waters of Dal Lake on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
            
              This aerial photo taken with a drone shows rescuers inspecting the damage at a village affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru in Sumberwuluh, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Improved weather conditions Monday allowed rescuers to resume evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims after the highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island erupted, triggered by monsoon rains. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
            People watch an outdoor screen showing a live broadcast of the memorial service for late former Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. A formal memorial service was held Tuesday at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of the ceremonial legislature in the center of Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Dec. 2-8, 2022

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and the Pacific.

The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo.

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