ACCRA, Oct 13 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- French ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre on Thursday asked the United States not to leave the Paris-based UN cultural body, UNESCO, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar's northern Rakhine State for Bangladesh has reached 536,000, with 14,000 having crossed the border in the last two days, China's Xinhua news agency reported a UN spokesman as saying on Thursday.

OSLO, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Norway said Thursday it has informed the European Commission that its internal border control will be extended for six months from Nov 11 due to the threat situation in Europe, China\'s Xinhua news agency reported.

ISLAMABAD, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Pakistani troops rescued five Western hostages, including one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children, from terrorist custody through an intelligence-based operation, Xinhua news agency reported the army as saying.

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The United States on Thursday informed the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that it would formally withdraw from the organisation on Dec 31, 2018, Xinhua news agency reported.

MADRID, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- Spain held a military parade on Thursday to celebrate its national day amid the Catalan crisis, Xinhua news agency reported.