A new report's evidence of threats and retaliation extends to 12 of the U.N. Human Rights Council's 47 member nations.
'Extremely high water stress' afflicts 83% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa and 74% in South Asia.
Syrian President Bashar Assad, formerly ostracized by most Arab nations, was warmly readmitted to the Arab League.
Qatar joined OPEC in 1961 and has been its 11th biggest producer, putting out 600,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
Three times a year, a little-known panel of human rights experts gathers in Geneva and New York with a monumental task: upholding people's civil and political rights.