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Coup in Mali spells risk, instability and violence
Popular protests and military pressure have combined to bring down another longtime African leader, Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. A tumultuous transition period has become somewhat clearer, with the appointment of a civilian president and a government that includes opposing armed factions. But violence and a refugee crisis have worsened due in part to jihadist groups, implicating both neighboring countries and international forces in the region.