UN adopts resolution on northern Mali
13 October 2012 Last updated at 12:40 BST
The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution paving the way for military intervention in Mali to retake the north from Islamist extremists.
The resolution requests a detailed plan for such an operation from African organisations within 45 days.
The UN has so far refused to endorse requests for military intervention without details of a plan.
Islamist groups and Tuareg rebels took control of the north after Mali's president was overthrown in March.
Janey Mitchell reports.