UN Security Council authorizes use of force by EU troops in Central African Republic

The U.N. Security Council has authorized the use of force by European Union troops in the Central African Republic.

Tuesday's resolution also threatened sanctions against those committing right violations in the country. More than 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 1 million forced from their homes since December in violence pitting Christians and Muslims, militias and civilians.

The mostly Muslim rebels, known as Seleka, came from the country's far north in March 2013 to overthrow the president. Their 10-month reign was marked by widespread human rights abuses and deepening divisions between the country's Muslim minority and Christian majority.

But in a sign that they were losing their grip on the country, peacekeepers on Tuesday escorted more Seleka rebels out of military bases in the capital of Bangui.