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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Nov. 24

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 rocked Japan's Fukushima prefecture at 6:23 a.m. local time, Japan Meteorological Agency said on Thursday.

The temblor was centered in waters offshore of Fukushima, with the epicenter at a latitude of 37.1 degrees north and a longitude of 141.5 degrees east. (Japan-Earthquake)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Federal Reserve officials see the appropriate timing to raise interest rate relatively soon, with some eyeing the next meeting in December, minutes of the Fed's latest monetary policy meeting showed Wednesday. (US-Economy)

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MOSUL, Iraq -- The Iraqi security forces and allied paramilitary units, known as Hashd Shaabi, on Wednesday completely encircled the city of Mosul, while the troops continued operations to clear the Islamic State (IS) militants in and out of Mosul after more than a month since a major offensive was launched, the Iraqi military said. (Iraq-Mosul)

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NICOSIA -- Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday said he is resolute and ready to continue the failed negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots for the reunification of the eastern Mediterranean island.

"I am ready to continue the dialogue from the point it was left at Mont Pelerin and even intensify the negotiations to achieve the desired outcome," Anastasiades told a night-time televised press conference. (Cyprus-President-Negotiation) Endi