Rebels Seize Mali Government

The Malian government has been seized by rebel soldiers, according to a few of them who appeared on state TV to announce that the presidential palace had been attacked, the constitution had been suspended, and a nationwide curfew would be enforced. The coup, say the soldiers, is in response to not being provided with enough weapons to take on an ethnic rebellion. ECOWAS, the West African regional body, has already denounced the troops' actions and said, in a statement, that they view the "misguided" and "reprehensible" actions of the soldiers with "dismay and mounting concern."