Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome
The sun rises from behind the Hajar Mountains as one of the world’s largest hot air balloons carries 24 passengers flying over the Margham desert about 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Above and Beyond charity balloon is inflated in Queen Square ahead of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on Tuesday in Bristol, England. Now in its 36th year, the fiesta is Europe’s largest annual hot-air balloon event in the city that is seen by many as the home of modern ballooning.
An Angry Bird inspired Hot Air balloon floats over rice fields and houses during the Philippine International Balloon festival in Lubao town, Pampanga province, north of Manila
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A hot air balloon hovers over the temples of Bagan in Myanmar, on Tuesday. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the city, in Mandalay province, was the kingdom’s capital and one of the most important centres for learning in Asia.
A balloon vendor walks through a cold and foggy morning in Lahore, Pakistan. Fog in Punjab and other parts of the country has badly affected flight and rail schedules
A hot air balloon crew member works ahead of take-off during a festival during the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Eshkol National Park in the Negev, southern Israel. Seven balloons, operated by international crews, took part in the flyover on Tuesday.
A hot air balloon on Monday goes down during a trip in Cappadocia, Nevsehir, Turkey. One tourist died and 18 were injured when the balloon crashed to the ground in central Turkey after colliding mid-air with another.