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Uruguay President Jose “Pepe” Mujica entered politics after spending 14 years in prison during Uruguay’s dictatorship. The 77-year-old has created a man-of-the-people image during his time in office, giving away 90 percent of his salary, deciding not to have a bank account, driving a 41-year-old car and never wearing a tie. Under his watch, congress has legalized abortion and is drawing up plans to sell government-grown marijuana. (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.