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U.N. hit by child sex cases

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Monday that two cases of “sexual exploitation” of children by U.N. police are being investigated in Haiti.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the organization was “outraged” by the cases that had been reported in Port-au-Prince and the provincial city of Gonaives.

The spokesman did not give the nationality of the U.N. police involved in the allegations.

The scandal has erupted only a few months after Uruguayan troops were accused of raping a Haitian youth.

Mr. Nesirky said the U.N. mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, had informed the U.N. leadership of two cases of “sexual exploitation and abuse involving minors” on Jan. 16.

One involved U.N. police based in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and the second was in Gonaives.

“The United Nations is outraged by these allegations and takes its responsibilities to deal with them extremely seriously,” said Mr. Nesirky.

MEXICO

Officials: ‘Chapo’ aide killed in gunfight

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials said members of an army special forces unit fatally shot a high-ranking aide to the country’s most-wanted drug dealer in a gunfight in the northern state of Durango.

Army spokesman Gen. Ricardo Trevilla said Monday that Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia was responsible for the operations of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera’s Sinaloa Cartel in Durango and part of the neighboring state of Chihuahua.

The army said Mr. Sarabia is known as “The Architect,” and was named to the role after the December arrest of his brother Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, or “The Engineer.”

Sinaloa gunmen traded fire with troops during the operation to arrest Luis Cabrera Sarabia on Friday. One of the gunmen was slain and 11 others were captured. Four soldiers were hurt in the gunfight.

From wire dispatches and staff reports