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Morning re-cap of main news, September 11

* An air force spokesman said at least 10 people were killed, four injured and one is unaccounted for after a military helicopter crash in southern Russia, near the North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz

* Russian combat engineers will fly to Lebanon at the end of September, and an advance group is ready to leave this week, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said

* A notary earlier acquitted of murdering Forbes Russia editor Paul Klebnikov denied all charges in a fraud case against him in a Moscow court.

* Power has been cut off to a generating unit at a nuclear plant in Ukraine, the national energy company Energoatom said Monday.

* Russian and United States diplomats signed a protocol extending the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Natural and Man-Made Technological Emergency Prevention and Response

* Russian Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said:

- There are no plans to privatize Gazprom or other infrastructure companies,

- Kamaz, Russia's leading truck maker, will conduct an initial public offering in Russia and abroad in early 2008

- Russia's Stabilization Fund will reach $224 billion and gold and foreign currency reserves will top $300 billion in 2009

* Anatoly Perminov, the head of the Russian Space Agency, said:

- Russia and China may conclude a Moon exploration agreement by the end of the year

- A command and control center for Russia's Federal Space Agency could be established in the South African Republic

* Russia's grain harvest is expected to reach 73 million metric tons in the current agricultural year, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev said

* More than 40 Russian companies are planning to conduct initial public offerings in 2006-2007, an investment expert said

* The crews of the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station met soon after the spacecraft docked with the station, a NASA spokesman said

* Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of an eponymous opposition bloc in Ukraine's parliament, said she believes the price for natural gas is unfair to the country's population

* Russia is planning an expansion on the Asian-Pacific uranium market by 2010, Russian uranium trader Techsnabexport said

* Russia's gross domestic product rose 7.4% in the second quarter of 2006, year-on-year, to 6.3 trillion rubles ($240 bln), the nation's top statistics agency said

* Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev called on the Muslim world to unite its efforts against terrorism

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