In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a bus carrying passengers from Gao in Mali's Islamist-controlled north to the capital, Bamako, makes a stop in Mopti, Mali. Passengers began the journey divided by sex, with the women seated behind the men. As soon as the bus crossed the border into government-controlled territory, people switched seats to sit with their families. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies.Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo)

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In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a bus carrying passengers from Gao in Mali's Islamist-controlled north to the capital, Bamako, makes a stop in Mopti, Mali. Passengers began the journey divided by sex, with the women seated behind the men. As soon as the bus crossed the border into government-controlled territory, people switched seats to sit with their families. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies.Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 photo, a bus carrying passengers from Gao in Mali's Islamist-controlled north to the capital, Bamako, makes a stop in Mopti, Mali. Passengers began the journey divided by sex, with the women seated behind the men. As soon as the bus crossed the border into government-controlled territory, people switched seats to sit with their families. Ordinary Malians and international experts alike are not sure what will reunite and bring back political stability to a country that until recently had a reputation as one of West Africa's most steady democracies.Representatives of the United Nations, the African Union and regional body ECOWAS are to consider the situation on Oct. 19, 2012 in a meeting in Mali's capital, Bamako. (AP Photo)
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