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Many countries have embraced Western-style democracy but coups and attempted coups still happen.
France, Mali's former colonial ruler, is going back to its old colonial ways, writes Kane.
Political circumstances in sub-Saharan Africa and the small size of its middle class have precluded an uprising.
Amid alleged threat from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the two countries have boosted security co-operation.
Observers say current leader Abdel Aziz, an ally of Western powers, is expected to win.
Electoral commission says President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won with nearly 82 percent of the vote.
Observers say turnout, not rivals, largest challenge for incumbent in presidential election.
President Abdel Aziz poised for victory as opposition groups plan to boycott election, citing concerns about fairness.
The US has a disastrous record of involvement in 'counter-insurgency' efforts in Central America.
Ivory Coast to become France's main hub to combat fighters across the Sahel region, French foreign minister says.
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Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
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