Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 3

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JERUSALEM -- A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory on Saturday, causing no injuries, Israeli military and media reported.

Sirens were sounding in the south of the country but the air defense system's alarm was not triggered, said a statement from the Israeli military. (Israel-Rocket Firing-Gaza)

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GAZA -- A senior official of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Saturday announced that a new round of Palestinian dialogue for inter-factional reconciliation would be held in Algeria at the end of December.

Khalil Al-Hayya, deputy chief of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, made the remarks during a conference among the Palestinian factions on ending their internal division, which was held simultaneously in Gaza and the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Palestine-Hamas-Reconciliation Dialogue)

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TEHRAN -- Iran began on Saturday the construction of a new nuclear power plant in its southwestern province of Khuzestan, Nour news agency reported.

Mohammad Eslami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and some local officials witnessed the start of construction of the 300-megawatt Karoon nuclear power plant, which will install a pressurized light water reactor that uses 4-percent enriched uranium oxide as the fuel. (Iran-Nuclear plant-Construction)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi parliament approved the nomination of two more ministers on Saturday, completing Prime Minister Mohammed Shi'a al-Sudani's 23-member cabinet a month after the approval of his government.

A statement by the parliament media office said the lawmakers approved by an absolute majority the nomination of Bangen Rekani as Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works, and Nizar Mohammed Saeed Amidi as Minister of Environment. (Iraq-Cabinet Formation) Enditem

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