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Secretary of State John F. Kerry is on his first trip to Asia as the top U.S. diplomat, just as North Korea increases its nuclear threats and may be preparing for a missile test. (Associated Press)

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is on his first trip to Asia as the top U.S. diplomat, just as North Korea increases its nuclear threats and may be preparing for a missile test. (Associated Press)

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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.