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Christine Lagarde, French finance minister, is the front-runner to take the helm at the International Monetary Fund. She consolidated her lead over the weekend with Egyptian and Indonesian backing. (Associated Press)

Christine Lagarde, French finance minister, is the front-runner to take the helm at the International Monetary Fund. She consolidated her lead over the weekend with Egyptian and Indonesian backing. (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.