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New Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wields the gavel after receiving it from his predecessor, Jan Peter Balkenende, in The Hague on Thursday. Mr. Rutte's minority government pledged budgetary austerity and a crackdown on immigration. (Associated Press)

New Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wields the gavel after receiving it from his predecessor, Jan Peter Balkenende, in The Hague on Thursday. Mr. Rutte's minority government pledged budgetary austerity and a crackdown on immigration. (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.