President ousted in Mali
Rebel soldiers in Mali have staged a coup and ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré one month before his term of office was due to end. The whereabouts of the president are unknown, although there are reports he is in a safe location protected by loyal troops. A number of other key ministers have been arrested by the rebels.
The troops claim the move was in response to what they see as the government’s incompetent handling of a Tuareg uprising in the north of the country and a refusal to postpone the presidential elections scheduled to take place next month.