UN extends peacekeepers in Western Sahara

The Security Council has approved a resolution that mentions human rights in the contested north African territory of Western Sahara for the first time.
But human rights groups and the organization backing independence for the territory's Sahwari people say the resolution doesn't go far enough. They say an independent rights monitoring body is still needed.
The resolution approved Wednesday by the 15-member council extends the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara by one year and stresses the importance of improving human rights there.
It also reconfirms the council's commitment to help both sides in the territorial dispute in efforts to achieve a lasting political solution.