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Cuban kids start the school year

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A young student stretches out on her first day back to school at the Angela Landa elementary school in Old Havana, Cuba, Sept. 3, 2012. Some 2 million Cuban students began classes for the new school year.

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Michael Aladro, 10, grimaces as his mother Marilys sprays cologne for his first day back to school in Old Havana, Cuba, Sept. 3.

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Liz de la Caridad Guedez checks out her new backpack prior to leaving home for her first day back to school in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 3.

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Young students stand at attention as they listen to the Cuban national anthem on their first day back to school at the Angela Landa elementary school in Old Havana, Cuba, Sept. 3.

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Michael Aladro's school uniform hangs on a window at his home during his first day back to school in Old Havana, Cuba, Sept. 3.

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