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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

    RUSSIA

    * The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday lashed out at the Netherlands over its failure to stop the Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, a day after the Dutch Foreign Minister said he views Russia’s actions – seizing the ship and crew – as illegal.

    * The Olympic flame was handed over Saturday to the organizers of next year's Winter Games in Sochi, ahead of a 123-day and 65,000-kilometer journey across Russia.

    * * A couple in the remote Russian city of Ust-Ilimsk, in Siberia, called for backup after seeing a wild bear break into their veranda and start eating their dinner, local police said Saturday.

    WORLD

    * Numerous supporters of 30 Greenpeace activists detained and charged with piracy in Russia staged a series of demonstrations across the world on Saturday calling for their release.

    * The UN Security Council has strongly condemned an attack on the Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, earlier this week, which damaged the diplomatic premises.

    * US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Congress on Saturday to think "long and hard" about the negative message that the partial government shutdown is sending around the world, even as he disputed the perception that the deadlock in Washington is a sign of weakness.

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