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“Losing a piece of our territory eventually means losing the whole country,” says Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister and now one of the prime minister candidates of the Liberal Democratic Party, referring the land disputes with China in the South China Sea. (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.