>> Thousands of soldiers were mobilized on Sunday as Mali went to the polls in a presidential run-off. After an inconclusive first round of voting last month, marred by militant attacks and accusations of fraud. The run-off was mostly peaceful, although some polling stations came under attack and one election official was killed.
Mali is high on a list of security concerns for western powers. As militants, some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, are regrouping in the northern desert. A clean election is seen as an important effort to restore stability in the vast West African nation. European Union observers said the election had generally been conducted well.
A result is not expected for several days. But incumbent president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, is expected to win a second term, despite being unable to stem a surge in ethnic and militant violence. His opposition challenger has said he's also confident of victory and has accused that government camp of trying to stuff ballot boxes.
Turn out was reportedly very low. Only 22% of people across the country are thought to have voted.