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Many countries have embraced Western-style democracy but coups and attempted coups still happen.
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.
More than half a million people were displaced by violence between government forces and Tuareg rebels in 2012.
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More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
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