UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Thursday canceled its authorization for a seven-month-old NATO military operation in Libya that led to the ouster and death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
The 15-nation council unanimously approved a resolution terminating the UN mandate, which set the no-fly zone over Libya and permitted foreign military forces, including NATO, to use "all necessary measures" to protect Libyan civilians.
The resolution said the UN authorization for foreign military operations in Libya will lapse at 11:59 p.m. local Libyan time on Oct. 31.
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