Monday, August 31
It was a week of market turmoil, athletic championships and an important Hindu festival.
Millions of Hindus gathered to bathe in a sacred river to cleanse themselves of sins during the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, which is held four times every 12 years, in four rotating locations.
In other scenes from around Asia last week, people left garlands of marigolds at an open-air shrine in downtown Bangkok where 20 people were killed in a bomb blast on Aug. 17. Police were trying to track down suspects and determine a motive for the attack.
Used bicycles from Japan, seen for sale in a shop outside of Manila, are popular among many Filipinos because they are cheaper than new ones.
A plunge in Chinese stocks early in the week triggered a sell-off in global financial markets, spreading a wave of fear among investors worldwide. By week's end, most markets had recover at least some of their losses, but the upheaval was a reminder that stock markets can and do swing wildly.
At the World Athletic Championships in Beijing, Britain's Mo Farah celebrated after winning the gold in the men's 5000 meter final, while a fisheye lens captured Sweden's Erica Jarder competing in the women's long jump and the contours of the Bird's Nest stadium.
Boats in Myanmar were stuck in flooded paddies as heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Komen caused some of worst flash floods and landslides in recent memory in Myanmar.
In Pyongyang, the sun rose over the Tower of Juche Idea. "Juche" is a guiding principle in North Korea usually translated as "self-reliance."
This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editors Karly Domb Sadof in Bangkok.