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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 1

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OTTAWA -- Canadian lawmaker Jenny Kwan on Thursday made an open statement in parliament on the Nanjing Massacre and other Japanese atrocities committed during World War II.

It was the first time for a Canadian lawmaker to deliver such a statement to the House of Commons, and it came two weeks before the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. (Canada-Japan-Nanjing)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's military said it launched a second airstrike against "terror infrastructure" in the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon, accusing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad of carrying out a mortar attack earlier on the same day.

The flare-up came after Gaza militants shelled mortars towards a military post next to separation fence between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday's noon. The fire caused a minor damage and no injuries, according to the military. (Israel-Airstrike-Gaza)

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VIENNA -- OPEC and its partners on Thursday agreed to extend the output cut till the end of 2018, nine months longer than the previous agreement.

Twenty-four countries decided to maintain production cut of about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until December 31, 2018, said Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabian Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources. (Austria-OPEC-2018)

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GENEVA -- The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday that he is planning to extend the ongoing UN-led Syrian peace talks till Dec. 15.

The new round of the talks, started on Tuesday, was originally scheduled to close on Dec. 1.

De Mistura described the talks this week as "professional and serious" when he addressed a press briefing on the intra-Syrian talks which began in Geneva with low expectations on their outcome. (UN-Syria-Talks) Enditem