URGENT ¥¥¥ UN approves first 'offensive' brigade for DR Congo

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved the first-ever "offensive" UN peacekeeping brigade to battle rebels groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The force of more than 2,500 troops will operate under orders to "neutralize" and "disarm" armed groups in the resource-rich east of the huge country, according to the council's resolution.