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Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

In a 12-year-long investigation out this week, the AP has found there are nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers around the world, more than 300 of which exploited children.

Sexual abuse in Haiti: The evidence used in the AP investigation comes from the UN itself, which, among other cases, shows that from 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were abused in a child sex ring by at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers. There were approximately 150 reported sexual abuse cases from 2004 to 2016 in Haiti.

Haiti's stabilization mission is over: Today the UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution to drawdown Haiti's stabilization mission, MINUSTAH by October.

Consider this context:

  • The UN has no authority to punish its peacekeepers — that's up to the troops' countries.
  • The drawdown in Haiti means troops will be sent back to their countries.
  • The head of the UN's department of peacekeeper discipline and conduct, Atul Khare, said Thursday the organization is aware of its weaknesses and will work with member countries to hold peacekeepers accountable.
  • In March UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said there will be new measures dealing with peacekeeper misconduct.

For more on the drawdown, read our earlier story here.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."