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W. Africa regional bloc suspends Mali after coup

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BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- An official says a West African regional bloc has suspended Mali following last week's coup and is sending a delegation there within 24 hours.

The head of the regional body's commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, announced Tuesday that the organization would attempt to restore democracy in Mali.

Already, the United States, the European Union and France have cut off aid to the impoverished country.

A group of soldiers seized control of Mali last week, and the whereabouts of ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure remain unknown. He was due to retire at the end of his term next month.

The coup leaders said it was Toure's incompetence in dealing with a two-month-old insurgency in the country's north that pushed them to seize power.

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