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Zhang Hong, right, of China and Yekaterina Aydova of Kazakhstan skate in the women's 500 meters race at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Nagano, central Japan, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Zhang Hong, right, of China and Yekaterina Aydova of Kazakhstan skate in the women's 500 meters race at the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Nagano, central Japan, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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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.