UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously approved a new U.N. peacekeeping force for Mali on Thursday to help restore democracy and stabilize the northern half of the country, which was controlled by Islamist jihadists until a France-led military operation ousted them three months ago.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press
, April 25, 2013
Mali's president has named a longtime public servant as the country's new prime minister, hours after the position's former occupant was arrested and forced to resign by the soldiers behind a spring coup.
The U.N. Security Council threatened sanctions against Islamist fighters in northern Mali and condemned the destruction of sacred tombs in the ancient city of Timbuktu, but did not authorize an intervention force in a resolution passed Thursday.
Islamist fighters with ties to al-Qaida have destroyed tombs classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mali's historic city of Timbuktu, a resident and U.N. officials said Saturday.
June 30, 2012
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