Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati takes part in late President Nelson Mandela's memorial in South Africa on Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati and Nohra)
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Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati voiced optimism late Friday over the case of the group of nuns kidnapped in Syria last year, saying Qatari officials expected the matter to be resolved soon.The 13 nuns, Syrian and Lebanese national, were forced to evacuate a monastery in the Syrian town of Maaloula in December and are reportedly being held by rebels in the nearby town of Yabroud.Mikati also spoke about the two bishops kidnapped in Syria in early 2013 and said the two priests were likely still alive.Putin on Friday welcomed more than 40 other heads of state and leaders for the ceremony, including U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping and others.
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