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U.N. decides it should protect people after all.

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council affirmed for the first time Friday that the international community has a responsibility to protect civilians from genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing when national governments fail to do so.

A resolution, which was unanimously approved by the 15-nation council, endorsed an agreement reached by world leaders at last year’s summit that was aimed at preventing tragedies like the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

But how, exactly, do they propose to enforce that responsibility?