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UN Approves 10,000 Peacekeepers for Southern Sudan

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize a 10,000-strong peacekeeping force for southern Sudan but remained deadlocked on any action for Darfur in the west. The peacekeepers are to monitor a crucial agreement signed in January between the Khartoum government and southern rebels that ended a 21-year old civil war. That conflict cost 2 million lives and forced 4 million people from their homes. The council’s resolution, drafted by the United States, calls for up to 10,000 military personnel, a civilian component up to 715 police, which U.N. officials say will take several months to get on the ground. Full Story

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