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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