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United Nations peacekeepers stand at attention on July 1, 2013 during... News PhotoArmy,Bamako,Ceremony,Concentration,Diplomacy,Exchanging,Horizontal,Mali,Military,Politics,Responsibility,United NationsPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPUnited Nations peacekeepers stand at attention on July 1, 2013 during a transfer of duties ceremony from African troops in Mali in Bamako. The UN's mission is to ensure stability in the conflict-scarred nation just four weeks ahead of planned elections. A 12,600-strong force officially replaced the AFISMA military mission, which has been supporting French soldiers who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country. AFP PHOTO / HABIBOU KOUYATE (Photo credit should read HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)