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Nuns who were among a group freed after being held hostage by Islamist rebels in Syria, pray during a mass to celebrate their release at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus, on March 10, 2014. The group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early today thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities. A monitoring group said the release was secured in exchange for some 150 women prisoners who were being held in Syria’s regime jails. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA