UN backs Mali intervention force to oust rebels
21 December 2012 Last updated at 04:29 GMT
The UN Security Council has authorised an African-led military force to try to oust Islamists from northern Mali.
The council unanimously voted to give the force an initial one-year mandate.
The resolution also sets "benchmarks" for Mali, including political reconciliation and improved training for the military.
Barbara Plett reports from the United Nations in New York.