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Morning re-cap of main news, March 24

* The Chinese president will discuss economic cooperation and current international issues, including North Korea and Iran, during his upcoming visit to Russia, a Kremlin source said

* Eleven Belarusian nationals were killed when a cargo plane was shot down by a missile during take-off in Somalia, Belarus-based Transaviaexport carrier said

* Another four bodies have been discovered at the crash site of a Mi-8 helicopter in the northwestern Urals, emergency services said

* Police have broken up an unauthorized opposition rally in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in Central Russia, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported

* Russian Communists have ruled out a possible alliance with a new Kremlin-sponsored party, Just Russia, a KPRF leader said

* Four militants have been killed in Chechnya, the republic's law enforcement agencies said

* A group of amateur speleologists who were trapped in an abandoned quarry in the Moscow Region following a cave-in, have cleared a passageway to the surface and are now out of danger, emergency services said

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