A South Korean man wearing a mask as a precaution against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus walks by a Spider-Man poster advertising a musical for children in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, June 10, 2015. MERS has infected nearly 100 and caused nine deaths in South Korea, but experts say the virus mainly spreads through close contact with an infected person. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (Ahn Young-joon)

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia


June 15, 2015 9:30AM (UTC)

South Koreans by the thousands wore surgical masks outdoors to keep from catching MERS, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the country.

The country is trying to cope with the outbreak with the virus, which mainly spreads through close contact with an infected person. At an art hall in Seoul, workers in protective clothing sprayed antiseptic solution as a precaution.

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In other images from around Asia last week, hot lava flowed down the side of Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Friday marked World Day against Child Labor, still a persistent problem in India, where an estimated 13 million children work despite laws that are aimed at keeping kids in school and out of the workplace. In photographs taken that day, a girl laborer munched on a piece of a muskmelon while two boys unloaded trash at a roadside garbage dump.

The Philippines marked its 117th Independence Day from Spain in 1898, while at a promotional event in Jakarta for the movie "Minions," a performer dressed as Bob, one of the main characters, mingled with people on a station platform.

Beijing officials made their pitch to the International Olympic Committee last week in hopes of landing the city's second Olympics — the 2022 Winter Games. A bride and groom walked past wildflowers at a park built for the 2008 Summer Games.

In the world of sports, Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima tried to punch away the ball during a friendly soccer match with Iraq in Yokohama that Japan won 4-0.

And at the SEA Games in Singapore, a Filipino competitor flipped nearly upside down in the wakeboard semifinal.

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