The United Nations Security Council has voted in favour of sending peacekeepers to Sudan's troubled Darfur region.
Up to 26,000 troops and police will make up the world's largest peacekeeping force, under a joint UN and African Union mandate.
The resolution will allow peacekeepers to use force to defend civilians and aid workers in Darfur from any attack.
At least 200,000 people are thought to have died in Darfur and some 2m have fled their homes since 2003.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the mission as "historic and unprecedented".
"You are sending a clear and powerful signal of your commitment to improve the lives of the people of the region, and close this tragic chapter in Sudan's history," he told the Security Council.
The resolution was co-sponsored by the UK and France, among others, although its language was toned down after S
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