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Tourists douse each other with water to celebrate Songkran, also known as water festival. The three-day festival is celebrated on the traditional Thai New Year's day with the spraying of water and putting powder on each others' faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPA

Two girls pose on a chair during the International Furniture Fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO GAROFALO / Reuters

A girl looks at women praying during an anti-government rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sana University.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / Reuters

A gust of wind turns the umbrella protecting Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands inside out as she walks through a squally shower during welcoming ceremonies at Bellevue Castle. The Dutch Royal family was welcomed by German state President Christian Wulff at the start of a four day state visit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WOLFGANG KUMM / DPA

A wounded Libyan rebel falls after he was shot in the head during a firefight.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARWAN NAAMANI / AFP

A rebel fighter with an amputated leg, lost before the conflict, walks along the front line at the western entrance of Ajdabiyah.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / Reuters

U.S. Army pilot from "Dustoff" team, C Company, 1-214 Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade runs for cover in a sandstorm in Helmand province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS SINYAKOV / Reuters

Captain Elizabeth Jackson of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 watches an Afghan boy on a swing near Musa Qala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP

Confederate reenactors on the ramparts of Ft. Moultrie are silhouetted at dawn on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 1861. The first shot that began the Civil War was fired at Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Ellis / Getty Images North America

Buddhist nun Jikou Yoshida prays at the devastated tsunami site in Miyagi prefecture. Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant is gradually stabilizing and that the amount of radiation being released is falling.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

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