Xinhua world news summary at 1000 GMT, Nov. 24

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TOKYO -- Japan will release hundreds of thousands of kiloliters of crude oil from its emergency reserves, industry minister Koichi Hagiuda said on Wednesday.

Hagiuda said the timing of the release is still "under consideration," adding that "we will be in step with the United States and other nations concerned." (Japan-Oil-Reserves)

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LOS ANGELES -- A unique mission to test asteroid-deflecting technology was launched late Tuesday night from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, NASA announced.

"Asteroid Dimorphos: we're coming for you," NASA tweeted, adding that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 1:21 am EST (0621 GMT). (U.S.-Asteroid)

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STOCKHOLM -- Swedish parliament elected on Wednesday Magdalena Andersson as the country's new Prime Minister, the first female PM in Swedish history.

Andersson is scheduled to take office after a meeting with King Carl XVI Gustaf on Friday, giving her less than ten months to prepare for Sweden's 2022 general elections. (Sweden-Parliament-Female PM)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least six people were killed and three others injured after a car fell into a ravine in Pakistan's northwest Upper Kohistan district on Wednesday, local media reported.

According to the reports, a car carrying nine members of a family fell into the ravine in Lotar area of Upper Kohistan, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (Pakistan-Traffic Accident) Enditem

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