A worshipper wearing a Chinese opera outfit waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year of the horse in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across Hong Kong to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year.
A student dressed as a bear waits backstage while participating in a cultural event at a school in Mumbai, India.
Children play on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan
Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month.
Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. India will celebrate its Republic Day on Sunday
A bronze statue of the Star Wars character Yoda is unveiled on Thursday at the opening ceremony of the Sandcrawler building in Singapore. Yoda, is the grand master of the Jedi Order in George Lucas’s films. George Lucas, director of the Star Wars movies, is to base the regional headquarters for his company Lucasfilm at the Sandcrawler building, which resembles the huge mobile fortresses featured in films
Workers clean a building in Hong Kong.
An anti-government protester stands on Victory Monument as thousands of demonstrators gather for a rally in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters took over key intersections in the capital on Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok’s central business district as part of a campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the prime minister.
A man climbs the Boudhanath Stupa, a world heritage site in Katmandu, Nepal, as he works to renovate it. The Boudhanath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.
Nisha Maji, 5, who lives and works with her family at a brick factory in Kathmandu, Nepal, helps family members carry bricks. A group of Nepalese youth associated with the non-profit organisation Gothalo Nepal is providing basic education to the factory children once a week.
A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014.
Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India
This photo, taken using long exposure, shows star trails over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after a series of eruptions.
A soldier wears glasses given to him by one of the anti-government protesters who broke into the compound of the Royal Thai army headquarters in Bangkok
Workers clean the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the central business district in Singapore.
Displaced people rest at a shelter in Karo, Indonesia, as the Mount Sinabung volcano continues to erupt. Several thousand people left their homes overnight, taking the total number of those who have fled since the volcano rumbled to life to about 12,300, the national disaster agency said.
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Commuters take to their bikes in Dhaka during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left thousands of buses, minibuses and trucks idled. Led by the BNP, an 18-Party alliance is encouraging an 84-hour strike to support their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct upcoming parliamentary polls and to protest about the arrest of its senior leaders.
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Children wait for social workers in the devastated city of Tacloban, in the province of Leyte in central Philippines, having escaped from their village after it was allegedly attacked by armed men amid the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan.