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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed laws that protect women's rights but also has made comments that have alarmed defenders of those rights. He ignited a firestorm last year when he attempted to bring all women's shelters under government control. (Associated Press)

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has signed laws that protect women's rights but also has made comments that have alarmed defenders of those rights. He ignited a firestorm last year when he attempted to bring all women's shelters under government control. (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.