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West African bloc chairman calls for Mali junta's cooperation

The military junta in Mali must work with the West African regional bloc to ensure a swift return to civilian rule, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Monday, opening a summit in which Mali’s post-coup progress is high on the agenda.

A group of army colonels has ruled Mali since ousting President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Aug. 18. No consensus has yet been reached on the make-up and duration of a transitional government ahead of promised elections.

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ICC rejects request to extend detention of Ivory Coast ex-leader Gbagbo

APRNEWS - International Criminal Court (ICC) judges on Wednesday rejected a prosecution request to extend the custody of former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo, who was acquitted of crimes against humanity charges on Tuesday.

The decision paves the way for the speedy release of Gbagbo and co-defendant Charles Blé Goudé from a detention facility in The Hague.

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