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People around Asia remembered the birth of Jesus, Muhammad and Mao Zedong last week, while in East Java tourists watched Mount Bromo belch black smoke amid increased activity this month. Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other country in the world.

In other images from around the region, members of the Indian Youth Congress burned an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protest against his visit to Pakistan.

Nearly 40 years after Mao’s death, fans of the Chinese leader gathered in his hometown to mark what would have been his 122nd birthday. To the south, rescuers searched for survivors following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen.

Air pollution continued to dog Beijing, where authorities issued the second-highest orang alert just days after the city’s second-ever pollution red alert expired.

In Dhaka, a Bangladeshi girl was all smiles at a Christmas party, while in Tokyo, a couple walked through the special illuminated promenade.


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