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Students from a local college celebrate their graduation at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi on Tuesday. The temple is where Vietnam's oldest university was founded in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty, and is popular with modern-day students who begin to flock in high school, hoping to boost their chances in annual nationwide examinations.

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Students from a local college celebrate their graduation at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi. The temple is where Vietnam’s oldest university was founded in the 11th century under the Ly Dynasty

Women paint paper replicas of soldier's hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.

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Women paint paper replicas of soldier’s hats for the Vu Lan Festival at Dong Ho village, outside Hanoi. Vietnam is celebrating the month-long festival of the hungry ghosts, also known as Vu Lan festival, where many Taoists and Buddhists believe that the living are supposed to please the ghosts by offering them food and burning paper effigies of homes, maids, and other daily items for spirits to use in the afterlife.

 A street vender walks at a street in Hanoi, Vietnam, 10 April 2014. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam's economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.

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A street vendor walks with her goods in a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. According to a report released by the World Bank recently, Vietnam’s economic growth is predicted to rise of 5.5 percent in 2014.

Janicee Buco, wearing a pair of red high heels shoes speaks before a crowd as they join Vietnamese nationals in commemoration of the Vietnam-China border war in 1979, in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati's financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, 17 February 2014. Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rallied outside the Chinese Embassy to protest against China's alleged bullying over the Philippines and Vietnam territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Protesters aimed to support Manila in an ongoing stand-off with China. China claims most of the South China Sea and Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei have competing claims over it.

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Dozens of Filipino and Vietnamese nationals rally outside the Chinese embassy in Makati’s financial district, south of Manila, the Philippines, to protest against China’s behaviour in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Janicee Buco, wearing red shoes, addresses the crowd as they commemorate the 1979 Vietnam-China border war.

Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

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Vietnamese children cover their faces with Vietnamese and Russian flags while waiting for the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. 

Pupils walk with umbrellas on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hano...Pupils walk with umbrellas in the rain on the first day of the new school year at the Nam Thanh Cong school in Hanoi September 5, 2013. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with around 22 million children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Kham

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Students shield themselves from the rain on the first day of the new school year at Nam Thanh Cong school, in Hanoi. Schools in Vietnam reopened on Thursday, with about 22m children heading back to classrooms after a three-month summer break 

Families wait for released prisoners out...Families wait for released prisoners outside a gate at the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district, northern province of Hai Duong on August 30, 2013. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations, the president's office said on August 29, in a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners.

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Families wait for released prisoners outside the Hoang Tien prison in Chi Linh district in northern province of Hai Duong. Vietnam will free more than 15,000 convicts to mark its independence day celebrations. It is a major amnesty that excludes prominent political prisoners 

An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Beijing...An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 19, 2013.

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An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.