US cuts off aid to Mali's government after coup

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By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has cut off American aid to the government of Mali after last week's coup by soldiers.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says U.S. humanitarian and food assistance will continue for Mali's impoverished citizens.

But, she says, military aid and other funds directed to Mali's government have now been suspended.

The U.S. provides about $140 million in annual assistance to the African country.

Nuland said Monday that more than $60 million of that total could be affected by the new policy.

She said the U.S. was hoping democratic governance could be restored, leading to the resumption of U.S. assistance.

Army mutineers claim they overthrew the government because it was mishandling an ethnic insurgency in northern Mali.

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