The path of the brightly colored balloons through Egypt is determined by prevailing winds. On the ride, the silence is broken only by the whoosh of the gas burners and the occasional exclamations from tourists awed by the sights.
Hindu devotees celebrated the festival of Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, on April 15, which also marks the end of the nine-day long fasting and Navaratri festival. Three days each of Navratri are devoted to the worship of the goddess of valor Durga, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, and the goddess of knowledge Saraswati.
The 31st edition of the Marathon des Sables is a live stage 257 km race through a formidable landscape in one of the world’s most inhospitable climates.
Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. A recent uptick in violence across the south, however, will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting.
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Icelandic Parliament building this week, demanding Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson step down after news broke on Sunday that he had hid his assets in an offshore shell-company whose existence was revealed by the Panama Papers.
The annual cherry blossom festival on Yeouido island in central Seoul runs from April 1-10.