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Street water battles bring in the Thai new year

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Thai teenagers enjoy a water battle with foreign tourists during the Songkran Festival along the famous travelers' area of Khao San Road in Bangkok, on April 12. Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13 this year during which people celebrate by splashing water at each other.

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A foreign tourist takes part in water gun battles during the Songkran Festival along the famous travelers' area of Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 12. Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13 this year during which people celebrate by splashing water at each other.

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A Thai teenager enjoys a water battle with a foreign tourist during the Songkran Festival along the famous travelers' area of Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 12. Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13 this year during which people celebrate by splashing water at each other.

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A Thai teenager squirts a foreign tourist with water during the Songkran Festival along the famous travelers' area of Khao San Road in Bangkok on April 12. Songkran is the Thai New Year which starts on April 13 this year during which people celebrate by splashing water at each other.

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In Bangkok, people armed with water guns and pails, soak each other with water as part of the annual Songkran water festival celebrations. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.