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World leaders missing Mandela memorials

Updated 12:48 PM ET, Tue December 10, 2013
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The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, said that the short notice made security arrangements difficult and that the high cost of the trip proved prohibitive. A delegation headed by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is representing Israel. Uriel Sinai/ap
Pope Francis and other pontiffs do not attend the funerals of state leaders, the Vatican says. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, is the Pope's special envoy to pay tribute to the former South African president. Gregorio Borgia/ap
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has applied for a visa to South Africa twice since 2009 but was not issued one on either occasion. The Chinese government regularly warns foreign governments that the Dalai Lama's presence could harm relations with Beijing. Altaf Qadri/ap
The 87-year-old Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has been advised against long flights and intensive travel whenever possible. Prince Charles will formally represent the Queen at Mandela's funeral on Sunday. ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Mandela's longtime friend Fidel Castro, center, has not traveled outside Cuba since the health crisis that caused him to step down from office unofficially in 2006; he officially handed over the presidency in 2008. His brother, President Raul Castro, will attend the state funeral. Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate/ap/file