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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.