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Officials face an immense challenge of pacifying Rio de Janeiro’s slums as the city prepares to take the global stage for the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. Human rights groups have raised concerns about the evictions of thousands of families, especially in poor neighborhoods. (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.