Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organisation, at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo
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A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrives at a temporary shelter near Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar.
A resident throws an empty bottle towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm
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Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India on Monday. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar
A Kashmiri shopkeeper reads a newspaper outside his closed shop during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) called for a shutdown on Monday to protest the government’s alleged failure to rehabilitate flood-hit traders
Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings at Durbar square, a UNESCO world heritage site that was badly damaged by the earthquake, in the historical centre of Kathmandu, Nepal
China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.
Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month
Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India
Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing
Online hostess Xianggong gives a live broadcast in her bedroom in Beijing. In China’s online hostessing world, men find virtual company and the women can find riches. Xianggong is one of more than 10,000 hostesses on the internet site bobo.com
Some of the coverage in Raffles Place of the death of Singapore’s first elected prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Lee, who helped transform Singapore from a colonial trading center into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations, has died at the age of 91.
Indian fishermen are silhouetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200 kilometers from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Photographers shooting an aerial display are reflected in glass panels at Yelahanka Airforce Station in Bangalore on the second day of Aero India 2015
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A reveller blows fire during Lunar New Year celebrations at Manila‘s Chinatown. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Thursday will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram)
A worker stack bricks on his head at a factory in Lalitpur, Nepal
Boys play with a ball at sunset in Yansi village, Donhe township in the Naga self-administered zone in northwest Myanmar. The Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed, live on Myanmar’s mountainous frontier with India. About 120,000 people live in the Naga self-administered zone in Sagaing region where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing, for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths, although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca
A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the Parliament House building in Islamabad as legislators voted for an amendment in the constitution that will protect the establishment of military courts. Pakistan’s lower house on January 6 approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the plan after the militants gunned down 134 children and 16 adults at the Peshawar school last month
Schoolchildren attend a yoga session at a camp in the city of Ahmedabad, west India
Traffic resumes after the last Occupy protest site is cleared at a retail district in Hong Kong. The authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the end of the demonstrations that have blocked the city’s streets for more than two months.