Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 6

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TOKYO -- Two U.S. military jets have crashed off the coast of western Japan, local media reported Thursday, quoting Japanese government sources.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK said that Japan's defense ministry had received information from the U.S. side that a FA-18 jet and a KC-130 tanker plane from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in western Japan had crashed off the coast of Kochi prefecture early on Thursday morning. (US-Japan-Military Jet)

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CAPE TOWN -- A nationwide petition was launched on Wednesday in South Africa with the aim of breaking monopoly on electricity generation amid worsening blackouts.

Hours after the petition was launched by the opposition Democratic Alliance, thousands of South Africans have signed the petition. (South Africa-Electricity-Petition)

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BRATISLAVA -- Slovak President Andrej Kiska hasn't yet decided whether he'll accept or reject the resignation of Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajcak.

Speaking after a meeting with Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini and Lajcak on Wednesday, Kiska reiterated that Slovakia should send a representative to the upcoming summit on migration in Marrakesh. (Slovakia-Government-Resignation)

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OSLO -- The preliminary estimate of more than 348 billion kroner (40.95 billion U.S. dollars) in Norway's total export of goods and services in the third quarter was the highest since the start of the millennium, the country's statistics bureau said Wednesday.

More than 80 percent of the growth from the second quarter is due to an increase in the export of crude oil and natural gas as a result of growth in prices of oil and natural gas, according to a statement from Statistics Norway. (Norway-Export)

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ROME -- Two people died after an fuel tanker truck exploded while unloading its cargo at a gas station on the outskirts of a small town north of Rome, local media reported Wednesday.

Another 17 people, six of them in critical condition, were taken to hospital by two helicopters and eight ambulances, Italian news agency ANSA reported. (Italy-Tanker-Explosion) Enditem

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