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associated press An Indian Tamil activist shouts slogans Wednesday in Mumbai during a protest against Sri Lanka’s alleged wartime abuses. A key ethnic Tamil party withdrew from India’s coalition government Tuesday, and it has demanded that the U.N. Human Rights Council resolution accuse Sri Lanka of genocide against the minority Tamil population.

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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.