The UN relief agency provides medical care, education and food for 5 million Palestinian refugees living in camps. Although it helps many, the agency has also been criticized for merely treating the symptoms and not the root of the refugee problem.
Palestinian protests along the fence separating Israel and Gaza are in their 46th week. More than 250 Palestinians have been killed and some 6,000 injured by live Israeli fire during this period.
In a sign of hope following years of conflict, rebels and the Central African Republic government made a peace deal. Some 1.2 million people have lost their homes due to the interreligious fighting.
The European Union has struck out at Iran over its missile program and "unacceptable behavior" in Europe and the Middle East. Tehran has rejected the concerns as "baseless" and "non-constructive."
Women and girls account for 70 percent of global human trafficking victims, according to a United Nations report. Most victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation, with the report warning of "vast areas of impunity."
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