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 Friday, 3 January, 2003, 21:37 GMT
Asia's week in pictures
BBC News Online looks at some of the most striking pictures from the last seven days in the Asia-Pacific region.

The letters PEACE are displayed on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and over the Opera House during celebrations to welcome  in the new year 1 Jan. 2003.
Sydney held its annual New Year party in style, despite fears of a terrorist attack.

Worshippers strike a giant bell to celebrate the New Year at  Zojoji Buddhist temple, 1 Jan 2003 in Tokyo.
In Tokyo, Buddhist worshippers rang a giant bell to celebrate the New Year.

Emperor Akihito (centre left) with other members of the royal family, waves to well wishers outside the Imperial Palace
Japan's Emperor Akihito made his first public appearance since it was announced he was suffering from cancer.

Scouts enjoy singing during the opening of the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, southeast of the capital Bangkok, late 28 December 2002.
Thousands of scouts from around the world gathered at the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahip, Thailand.

Embassy guards prepare to usher Filipino visa applicants who gather at the Canadian Embassy at the financial district of Makati, east of Manila, Philippines, as it reopens 30 Dec 2002
Australia and Canada reopened their embassies in the Philippine capital Manila that had been closed over fears of terrorism.

Workers help clean up after an explosion in a firecracker warehouse, 31 December 2002 in Jiayu County, Hubei Province.
An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in China's Hubei province again highlighted the dangers of China's industrial work.
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