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Soldiers stand guard Tuesday outside the headquarters of coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo at a military base near Bamako, Mali. Already, the U.S., the European Union and France have cut off aid. Additional sanctions from the region would be a further blow to the junta.

Soldiers stand guard Tuesday outside the headquarters of coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo at a military base near Bamako, Mali. Already, the U.S., the European Union and France have cut off aid. Additional sanctions from the region would be a further blow to the junta.

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