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People release balloons to commemorate the victims of the tsunami at the Arahama area in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. The nation is marking the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which claimed more than 18,000 lives. Read more
An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. Read more
A man sells balloons as Indonesian muslims attend Eid al-Adha prayer at Parangkusumo beach in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Over 400 hot-air balloons took off in Chambley-Bussières, eastern France, on Wednesday in an attempt to set a world record for collective take-off.
Ninety-five children release 95 balloons outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, Pretoria, after praying for Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, to mark his upcoming 95th birthday. Mr Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. Family members and President Jacob Zuma visited Mr Mandela in the hospital on Thursday. Read more
Hot air balloons fly across Qiongzhou Strait in Haikou, south China‘s Hainan province, as part of the H1 Hot Air Balloon Challenge on Tuesday. Fifteen balloons flew over the strait in 2.5 hours and succeeded in landing on Leizhou Peninsula
A Thai vendor carries balloons for sale in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday.