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A Rousseff poster hangs above the laundry at a home in Rio de Janeiro's Pavao-Pavaozinho slum. Mrs. Rousseff's quick rise is a testament to the popularity of her mentor, Mr. da Silva. (Associated Press)

A Rousseff poster hangs above the laundry at a home in Rio de Janeiro's Pavao-Pavaozinho slum. Mrs. Rousseff's quick rise is a testament to the popularity of her mentor, Mr. da Silva. (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.