Mali: Army 9, Civilians 0

Last summer, when 6-ft. 3-in. Mali President Modibo Keita returned to his capital of Bamako from a month-long visit to the Soviet Union, he told dignitaries at the airport: "Look, Modibo is back. There has been no coup, as certain foreign sources predicted there would be. I tell you, there will never be a coup in Mali." Last week Keita, 53, was cruising down the Niger River on the presidential yacht, General Soumare. By the time he got back to Bamako, he was out of a job, the victim of a quick and bloodless coup organized by moderate young...