Despite some aid trickling into Gaza through Egypt's Rafah crossing, needs are soaring as tensions flare that could cause the Israel-Hamas war to spread to other countries.
'Extremely high water stress' afflicts 83% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa and 74% in South Asia.
Some 52% of all refugees and others who needed international protection came from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine.
Syrian President Bashar Assad, formerly ostracized by most Arab nations, was warmly readmitted to the Arab League.
With demands growing for the U.N. chief to appoint an investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a review by Arete News found just eight previous instances of such an order.
The number of people killed in Syria is commonly assessed at more than half a million, but the existing data are "convenience samples" and almost certainly an undercount.
With the U.S. reversal, Iran's planned economic opening to the West in exchange for curbs on its nuclear ambitions depends on its European, Russian and Chinese trading partners.
Visiting Switzerland with a focus on refugees, Pope Francis emphasized justice and peace in the service of humanitarian aid along with international relations and laws.
The world's financial help for displaced people has lagged — raising broad concerns among international organizations that a lack of resources can destabilize neighbors and regions.