UNITED NATIONS

UN chief prods Myanmar

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, calling the crisis “the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.” The U.N. chief warned that the humanitarian crisis is a breeding ground for radicalization, criminals and traffickers. And he said the broader crisis “has generated multiple implications for neighboring states and the larger region, including the risk of inter-communal strife.”

CHINA

N. Korea businesses to close

China on Thursday ordered North Korean-owned businesses to close, cutting foreign revenue for the isolated North under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile programs. North Korean businesses and ventures with Chinese partners must close within 120 days of the U.N. Security Council’s Sept. 11 approval of the latest sanctions, according to the Ministry of Commerce. That would be early January. North Korean companies operate restaurants and other ventures in China, helping to provide the North with foreign currency.

MEXICO

Dog is celebrity after quake

Even without rescuing anyone from the rubble after Mexico’s big earthquake, a yellow Labrador retriever named Frida has gained an international social media following. At least 344 people died in the Sept. 19 earthquake, including 205 in Mexico City. Clad in goggles and neoprene booties, Frida with nose to the ground and clambering over crumbled buildings became a symbol of hope. Over a six-year career, Frida — 8 years old and weighing 65 pounds — has found 41 bodies and 12 people alive. She has worked quake disasters abroad as well, including in Haiti and Ecuador. But she didn’t reach celebrity status until the Mexican navy — Frida’s employer — released a video of her at work on its Twitter account.

Rain brings fish to city

Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain Tuesday was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky in the coastal city of Tampico. Photos posted on the agency’s Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water — known as waterspouts — could be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around until released.

Compiled from wire reports