Portugal's Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, left, and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle wait for the start of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. A former French colony, Mali once enjoyed a reputation as one of West Africa's most stable democracies with the majority of its 15 million people practicing a moderate form of Islam. That changed in April 2012, when Islamist extremists took over the main cities in the country's north amid disarray following a military coup, and began enforcing their version of strict Shariah law. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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Portugal's Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, left, and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle wait for the start of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. A former French colony, Mali once enjoyed a reputation as one of West Africa's most stable democracies with the majority of its 15 million people practicing a moderate form of Islam. That changed in April 2012, when Islamist extremists took over the main cities in the country's north amid disarray following a military coup, and began enforcing their version of strict Shariah law. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
Portugal's Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, left, and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle wait for the start of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. A former French colony, Mali once enjoyed a reputation as one of West Africa's most stable democracies with the majority of its 15 million people practicing a moderate form of Islam. That changed in April 2012, when Islamist extremists took over the main cities in the country's north amid disarray following a military coup, and began enforcing their version of strict Shariah law. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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