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A man sleeps next to an anti-drug mural at the office of an NGO that fights drug use in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A man sleeps next to an anti-drug mural at the office of an NGO that fights drug use in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A man sleeps next to an anti-drug mural at the office of an NGO that fights drug use in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A woman wearing a Muslim headscarf rides a motorcycle across a bridge in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A woman wearing a Muslim headscarf rides a motorcycle across a bridge in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A woman wearing a Muslim headscarf rides a motorcycle across a bridge in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Children studying the Koran are seen at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Children studying the Koran are seen at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Children studying the Koran are seen at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Construction worker Ibrahim Diarra moves a plank of wood at a villa work site in the Bako-Djicoroni district of Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Construction worker Ibrahim Diarra moves a plank of wood at a villa work site in the Bako-Djicoroni district of Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Construction worker Ibrahim Diarra moves a plank of wood at a villa work site in the Bako-Djicoroni district of Bamako September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Fanta Diallo, 22, a member of an anti-drug youth network poses for a picture in Bamako, September 18, 2012. Picture taken September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Fanta Diallo, 22, a member of an anti-drug youth network poses for a picture in Bamako, September 18, 2012. Picture taken September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Fanta Diallo, 22, a member of an anti-drug youth network poses for a picture in Bamako, September 18, 2012. Picture taken September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Cattle herder Modibo Diallo poses for a picture at a cattle market in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, September 24 2012. Picture taken September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cattle herder Modibo Diallo poses for a picture at a cattle market in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, September 24 2012. Picture taken September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cattle herder Modibo Diallo poses for a picture at a cattle market in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, September 24 2012. Picture taken September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Boys play soccer in a street in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boys play soccer in a street in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Boys play soccer in a street in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Motorcyclists queue for petrol at a filling station in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Motorcyclists queue for petrol at a filling station in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Motorcyclists queue for petrol at a filling station in Bamako, Mali, September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A man smokes a marijuana cigarette in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A man smokes a marijuana cigarette in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A man smokes a marijuana cigarette in the Malian capital Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A study group memorises Koranic verses at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A study group memorises Koranic verses at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A study group memorises Koranic verses at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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People gather at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

People gather at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

People gather at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Imam Contao lectures at his podium at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Imam Contao lectures at his podium at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Imam Contao lectures at his podium at the Al Farouk mosque in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A boy sleeps at the Al Firdauss Islamic School dormitory in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy sleeps at the Al Firdauss Islamic School dormitory in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy sleeps at the Al Firdauss Islamic School dormitory in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A boy looks up while studying the Koran at the Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako, September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy looks up while studying the Koran at the Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako, September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A boy looks up while studying the Koran at the Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako, September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Day labourer Mamadou Ouedraogo, 22, looks out from the interior of a luxury hotel under construction in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Day labourer Mamadou Ouedraogo, 22, looks out from the interior of a luxury hotel under construction in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Day labourer Mamadou Ouedraogo, 22, looks out from the interior of a luxury hotel under construction in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Women walk home with wood, to be used for cooking, that they collected from a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Women walk home with wood, to be used for cooking, that they collected from a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Women walk home with wood, to be used for cooking, that they collected from a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Teacher Michael Sanogo attends to an Arabic class at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Teacher Michael Sanogo attends to an Arabic class at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Teacher Michael Sanogo attends to an Arabic class at Al Firdauss Islamic school in the Malian capital Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Law student Saidou Dia, 21, poses for a picture at the University of Bamako in Bamako September 20, 2012. Picture taken September 20, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Law student Saidou Dia, 21, poses for a picture at the University of Bamako in Bamako September 20, 2012. Picture taken September 20, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Law student Saidou Dia, 21, poses for a picture at the University of Bamako in Bamako September 20, 2012. Picture taken September 20, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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The pool of a luxury hotel under construction is seen in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The pool of a luxury hotel under construction is seen in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The pool of a luxury hotel under construction is seen in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A Land Rover is parked outside a car dealership in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Land Rover is parked outside a car dealership in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A Land Rover is parked outside a car dealership in the Malian capital Bamako September 21, 2012. Picture taken September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Nia (L) and Mama, squatters in a luxury hotel under construction, walk along the hotel's pool in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Nia (L) and Mama, squatters in a luxury hotel under construction, walk along the hotel's pool in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Nia (L) and Mama, squatters in a luxury hotel under construction, walk along the hotel's pool in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 22, 2012. Picture taken September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Commercial truck driver Sekou Traore, 27, poses for a picture next to the vehicle he drives at the central customs inspection agency in Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Commercial truck driver Sekou Traore, 27, poses for a picture next to the vehicle he drives at the central customs inspection agency in Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Commercial truck driver Sekou Traore, 27, poses for a picture next to the vehicle he drives at the central customs inspection agency in Bamako September 19, 2012. Picture taken September 19, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Mohamed ag Attaher, a senior official of Tuareg separatist group MNLA, poses for a picture in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Ouagadougou September 26, 2012. Picture taken September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Mohamed ag Attaher, a senior official of Tuareg separatist group MNLA, poses for a picture in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Ouagadougou September 26, 2012. Picture taken September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Mohamed ag Attaher, a senior official of Tuareg separatist group MNLA, poses for a picture in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Ouagadougou September 26, 2012. Picture taken September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Newly constructed villas are seen in the Sossokoira district of Gao September 6, 2012. Picture taken September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Adama Diarra

Newly constructed villas are seen in the Sossokoira district of Gao September 6, 2012. Picture taken September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Adama Diarra

Newly constructed villas are seen in the Sossokoira district of Gao September 6, 2012. Picture taken September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Adama Diarra
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Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. To match Special Report MALI-CRISIS/CRIME REUTERS/Joe Penney

Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. To match Special Report MALI-CRISIS/CRIME REUTERS/Joe Penney

Men do sit-ups next to a luxury housing construction site in the upscale Cite du Niger district of Bamako September 5, 2012. Picture taken September 5, 2012. To match Special Report MALI-CRISIS/CRIME REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Militiaman from the Ansar Dine Islamic group, who said they come from Niger and Mauritania, ride on a vehicle at Kidal in northeastern Mali in this June 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Adama Diarra/Files

Militiaman from the Ansar Dine Islamic group, who said they come from Niger and Mauritania, ride on a vehicle at Kidal in northeastern Mali in this June 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Adama Diarra/Files

Militiaman from the Ansar Dine Islamic group, who said they come from Niger and Mauritania, ride on a vehicle at Kidal in northeastern Mali in this June 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Adama Diarra/Files
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Cocaine is displayed to journalists after being seized by Guinea-Bissau's judicial police in the capital Bissau March 21, 2012. Picture taken March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cocaine is displayed to journalists after being seized by Guinea-Bissau's judicial police in the capital Bissau March 21, 2012. Picture taken March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Cocaine is displayed to journalists after being seized by Guinea-Bissau's judicial police in the capital Bissau March 21, 2012. Picture taken March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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