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Taiwanese director Ang Lee (left) and Indian actor Suraj Sharma, who stars in Mr. Lee’s “Life of Pi,” accept gifts Wednesday during a news conference about their film, shot mostly in Taiwan. Mr. Lee called the film a “risky experiment” that worked, judging by its initial reception.

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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.