In a rare show of national unity, the French are rallying behind President François Hollande's decision to intervene militarily in the Malian conflict. Here's a look at the historical and political forces at play.
The question of a military intervention in Mali is a hot topic at this week's UN General Assembly. Mali was profoundly destabilized by the coup which toppled their president in March, and insecurity in the region is making things worse. It's now time for coordinated, international action.
Dioncounda Traore, the interim president of Mali, requests ECOWAS military assistance: logistics, training, equipment, aerial support - but no ground troops.
Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau have taken over control of the capital, detaining interim president Raimundo Pereira and outgoing prime minister and presidential hopeful Carlos Gomes Jr.
President Malam Bacai Sanha of Guinea Bissauhas passed away. What's next for Guinea Bissau, a country dubbed the world's first "narcostate"?