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In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman speaks during a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama at the United Nations headquarters. Lebanon’s parliament speaker called on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 for a parliament session to elect the country’s new president on May 23, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy and fiercely contested vote amid sharp divisions between the country’s politicians. The meeting next Wednesday is expected to be the first in several attempts to elect a president before President Michel Suleiman’s six-year term expires on May 25. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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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.