UN Peacekeepers Begin Mission in Mali

A United Nations peacekeeping force has taken over security duties in Mali from an African-led mission, as the country seeks stability ahead of a presidential election later this month.

In a ceremony Monday, most of the 6,000 African troops became part of the U.N. force, six months after they first deployed to help the Malian army fight the Islamists who seized control of the country’s north.

The U.N. Security Council has authorized a one-year mission with up to 11,200 military personnel …