Soldiers gather in Bamako, Mali, on Thursday at an entrance to the compound containing government ministries after taking power in a coup, Drunken soldiers looted Mali's presidential palace hours after they declared a coup on Thursday, suspending the constitution and dissolving the institutions of one of the few established democracies in this troubled corner of Africa. (Associated Press)

Soldiers gather in Bamako, Mali, on Thursday at an entrance to the compound containing government ministries after taking power in a coup, Drunken soldiers looted Mali's presidential palace hours after they declared a coup on Thursday, suspending the constitution and dissolving the institutions of one of the few established democracies in this troubled corner of Africa. (Associated Press)