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.
Islamist and al Qaeda inspired rebels are in control of an increasingly large swath of territory in Northern Mali In a glimpse of what may be in store for people unfortunate enough to live in areas under control of these groups, a couple was stoned to death for having sex outside marriage.
A new ECOWAS-mediated agreement allows the interim president, Dioncounda Traoré, to remain in office for the next 12 months, until a presidential election can be organized next year. Not everyone in Mali is pleased with this decision.