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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

July 4, 2016

FILE -In this Friday, July 1, 2016, file photo, Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a restaurant that was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Local media reported that a group of attackers took hostages inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh's capital. (AP Photo, File)

Bangladeshi security forces stood guard during a bloody siege at an upscale restaurant in the capital, Dhaka, that ended with 28 people dead. Family members awaited word of loved ones after security forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.

In other photos from around Asia last week, voters in Australia headed to the polls with leaders of the nation’s major parties each promising to bring stability to a government that has long been mired in chaos.

In India, Muslims offered prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, by fasting from dawn till dusk.

Bangladeshis clambered onto the roof of an overcrowded train at a railway station in Dhaka ahead of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The new leader of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, placed a hat on the new police chief during the “Assumption of Command” ceremonies. Duterte has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill, eradicating drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder in three to six months.

In Japan, workers cleaned the windows of an office building in Tokyo’s Shiodome business district. And a currency trader watched monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Investors have been watching the markets closely following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

In China, a man walked in front of a giant sculpture depicting a Communist Party of China flag on the outskirts of Beijing. This month marked the 95th anniversary of the founding of the party.

And in Cambodia, a passenger stood on the foredeck of a ferry as it crossed the Mekong River.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok.

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