UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council has unanimously approved a new U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali to help restore democracy and stabilize the northern half of the country.
Islamist jihadists controlled northern Mali until a France-led military operation ousted them three months ago.
The resolution authorizes deployment of a U.N. force comprising 11,200 military personnel and 1,440 international police.
The U.N. peacekeepers would take over from a 6,000-member African-led mission on July 1, although the deployment date would subject to review.
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