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Commuters look through the window of a subway train in Paris. French unions launched a major strike Tuesday over unpopular conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, with walkouts causing headaches. (Associated Press)

Commuters look through the window of a subway train in Paris. French unions launched a major strike Tuesday over unpopular conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, with walkouts causing headaches. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.