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Pope Benedict XVI conducts a Mass in 2008 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, where the prime minister now is calling for a federal investigation into child sex abuse by priests. A detective says the church destroyed evidence, silenced victims and shuffled priests. (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.