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.
The United Nations agency tasked with helping refugees and displaced persons has appealed to donor countries to help plug a widening funding gap. The shortage of cash is especially acute in global hotspots.
The United Nations has called for a "transparent, independent investigation" into the death of jailed opposition politician Fernando Alban. The opposition has accused Caracas of making Alban's death look like a suicide.
The independent network of journalists ARIJ has won the 2018 award for courageous reporting. The prize comes as the recent disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has underlined the job's dangers.
Even with a budget shortfall, UNRWA said it is crucial to "protect the fundamental right to education." But the UN agency charged with assisting Palestinian refugees has said they aren't "out of the woods" yet.
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