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Asia-Pacific: Year in pictures

North Koreans carry torches for the 80th anniversary of the Down with Imperialism Union on 17 October 2006

Days after shocking the world with its first nuclear test on 9 October, North Korea held a spectacular torchlight parade to mark a key anniversary for the ruling party.

A man holds his son beside his destroyed home following the earthquake and tsunami in Bantul, Indonesia, on 1 June 2006

Natural disasters again brought suffering. More than 6,200 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced when an earthquake struck Indonesia's island of Java in May.

A resident evacuates belongings from her home flooded by mud in Porong, East Java, on 26 September 2006

And a man-made disaster brought misery to East Java, after a gas drilling accident caused thousands of tonnes of mud to spill out of the ground, submerging homes and villages.

Bindi Irwin reads a speech at a memorial service to her father at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, on 20 September 2006

Millions mourned the death of Australian naturalist Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray in September. His daughter Bindi spoke at his memorial service.

Prince Akishino (left) with his wife Princess Kiko and their baby Prince Hisahito at Japan's Imperial Palace on 14 November 2006

Prince Hisahito was born in September and became the first newborn male heir to the Japanese throne in 41 years - temporarily easing debate over the succession rules.

Soldiers man a military checkpoint in Fiji's capital Suva on 7 December 2006

Fiji's military in December carried out a long-standing threat to overthrow the democratically-elected government, which it accused of corruption.

A Buddhist monk poses for pictures beside a tank in Bangkok on 21 September 2006

Thailand's military did the same a few months earlier. Despite some internal discontent over the coups in both Fiji and Thailand, neither was bloody.

Voters cast their ballots in Aceh Besar on 11 December 2006

People in Indonesia's Aceh province went to the polls in December for the first time since a 2005 peace deal. Observers hailed the vote a success.

Tibetan villagers take a break from patrolling the Qinghai-Tibet railway line - 27/06/06

The world's highest railway, from China to Tibet, opened in July. China called it a feat of engineering, but critics fear it will further undermine Tibetan culture.

An Orang-utan in a temporary cage in Palangkaraya-Kalimantan on 22 November 2006

And 48 Orang-utans who had allegedly been smuggled out of their native Borneo finally returned home in November. They had been found performing boxing matches at a Thai zoo.

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