Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 4

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the state of California on Monday, setting a U.S. launch record for most satellites put into space at a single time.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A, or "SmallSat Express," is also SpaceX's first flight to reuse the Falcon 9 first-stage booster a third time.(SpaceX-launch-Falcon 9)

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NEW YORK -- Four bodies were recovered from an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, some 133 km north of New York City, after a stubborn fire was put out early Monday morning, local media reported.

The fire broke out around 1:30 am (0630 GMT) at a 3-story building, which, according to city chief Mark Johnson, has been vacant for quite a few years. (Upstate NY-Fire-Four dead)

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ALGIERS -- Coastguards in Algeria's western province of Oran on Monday deterred 61 people from sailing illegally to European shores in three separate operations, APS news agency reported.

The first operation foiled illegal immigration attempts of 21 people, including six women and four minors, who were onboard a pneumatic boat intercepted off the coast of Oran. (Algeria-Illegal Immigration)

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TRIPOLI -- The Libyan Health Ministry's Center for Disease Control said on Monday that nearly 5,000 HIV infections have been reported since the beginning of 2018.

"Some ... are new and others are living with the virus for a while," said Badr Al-Deen Al-Najjar, director of the Center for Disease Control. (Libya-HIV Infections)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel Chemicals company (ICL) filed a 300-million-U.S.-dollar lawsuit on Monday in an Israeli court against U.S. technology giant IBM for a failed project.

ICL, a munufacturing company headquartered in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, produces fertilizers including potash, phosphate, magnesium and bromine. (Israel-ICL-IBM-Lawsuit)

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GAZA -- Four Palestinians were shot and injured on Monday evening during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel, the health ministry said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, told reporters that the four moderately injured were transferred to a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. (Palestine-Gaza-Protests) Enditem

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