U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the immediate release of those arrested in Mali since last month's military coup, including high ranking public officials. In a statement released Wednesday, Mr. Ban urged the military junta not to undermine efforts to restore constitutional rule in Mali. Mr. Ban's concerns follow word that Mali's former president, Amadou Toumani Toure, is being sheltered at Senegal’s embassy in Mali's capital of Bamako.
The chief of the International Monetary Fund says it is on the verge of sharply increasing the size of the fund it has to lend to economically troubled nations around the world. As global finance ministers gather in Washington for springtime IMF and World Bank meetings, the International Monetary Fund says it has already collected $320 billion in new pledges.