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Seeing double in Havana

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Neighbours all marvel at the 12 sets of twins living along two consecutive blocks in western Havana, ranging in age from newborns to senior citizens.

  • Twin sisters Asley and Aslen Velazquez, 6, prepare for school in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Ramon Espinosa / The Associated Press

    Twin sisters Asley and Aslen Velazquez, 6, prepare for school in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Sixty-five-year-old Fe Fernandez, left, and her sister Esperanza pose for a portrait in front a Cuban flag on their street in Havana, Cuba.

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    Sixty-five-year-old Fe Fernandez, left, and her sister Esperanza pose for a portrait in front a Cuban flag on their street in Havana, Cuba. "We were the first ones," said Fe Fernandez.

  • Nine-year-old twins Camila and Carla Rodriguez, (left), 18-year-old twins Kamar and Sahar Youssef and six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez, pose for portraits along their street where a poster of Fidel Castro hangs in Havana, Cuba.

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    Nine-year-old twins Camila and Carla Rodriguez, (left), 18-year-old twins Kamar and Sahar Youssef and six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez, pose for portraits along their street where a poster of Fidel Castro hangs in Havana, Cuba.

  • Eleven-year-old twin brothers Arian and Adrian Cueto pose for portraits in their school uniforms alongside their parents and grandfather as they gather around their family's truck in Havana, Cuba.

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    Eleven-year-old twin brothers Arian and Adrian Cueto pose for portraits in their school uniforms alongside their parents and grandfather as they gather around their family's truck in Havana, Cuba.

  • From left to right: nine-year-old twins Camila and Carla Rodriguez, six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez, and 11-year-old twin brothers Arian and Adrian Cueto walk together to school in Havana, Cuba.

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    From left to right: nine-year-old twins Camila and Carla Rodriguez, six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez, and 11-year-old twin brothers Arian and Adrian Cueto walk together to school in Havana, Cuba.

  • Twins Orlando Gonzalez, left, and Roberto Gonzalez pose for a portrait in front a Cuban flag along their street in Havana, Cuba.

    Ramon Espinosa / The Associated Press

    Twins Orlando Gonzalez, left, and Roberto Gonzalez pose for a portrait in front a Cuban flag along their street in Havana, Cuba.

  • Nine-year-old twin sisters Camila, left, and Carla Rodriguez pose for a portrait along their street in Havana, Cuba.

    Ramon Espinosa / The Associated Press

    Nine-year-old twin sisters Camila, left, and Carla Rodriguez pose for a portrait along their street in Havana, Cuba. "We love living on this block because we have twin friends," said Carla. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

  • Six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez hold eight-month-old twins Tiffani and Stessany Valles as they pose for portraits in front a Cuban flag on their street in Havana, Cuba.

    Ramon Espinosa / The Associated Press

    Six-year-old twins Asley and Aslen Velazquez hold eight-month-old twins Tiffani and Stessany Valles as they pose for portraits in front a Cuban flag on their street in Havana, Cuba.

  • Pairs of twins pose for a group portrait near a Siguaraya tree along their street in Havana, Cuba. While there's been no scholarly study of the twins on 68-A Street, some look to faith for an explanation.

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    Pairs of twins pose for a group portrait near a Siguaraya tree along their street in Havana, Cuba. While there's been no scholarly study of the twins on 68-A Street, some look to faith for an explanation. "Many say it's the Siguaraya tree, which people ask for things and is in one of the homes," said Fe Fernandez, one of the twins. "The people believe in it strongly."

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