World Briefs: U.S. deepening Europe footprint

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Poland and the United States are preparing to announce the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO's presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland's defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Washington Post on Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Mr. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, "under U.S. patronage," he said.

But the defense minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matters less than a long-term shift in the defense postures of Europe and America. The United States, having announced a "pivot" to Asia, needs to "re-pivot" to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defense spending need to reverse the trends.

Pakistan journalist attacked

ISLAMABAD -- Hamid Mir, a prominent Pakistani journalist and a critic of the nation's powerful military, was wounded by gunmen in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday evening, according to police officials and local news media reports.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but within hours of the attack, Amir Mir, his brother, accused the chief of the Pakistani intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate of being behind it.

This is not the first time accusations have been made against the ISI. In 2011, Syed Saleem Shahzad, an investigative reporter, was found dead some months after he was threatened by intelligence officers.

13th guide's body found

KATMANDU, Nepal -- Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

Another three guides remained missing after an avalanche slammed into them Friday morning, and searchers were working quickly to find them in case weather conditions deteriorated, said Nepal's mountaineering department.

China to build Jeep models

ROME -- Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.

China represents the largest Jeep market outside the U.S. with nearly 60,000 vehicles sold last year. Chrysler said the Jeeps that will be made in China would be sold only in that country.

Egypt candidate bows out

CAIRO -- Mortada Mansour, an Egyptian lawyer and TV personality who declared days ago that he was running for president, pulled out of the race Saturday, and state media quoted him as saying he had received a sign from God that victory belonged to former army chief Abdel Fattah Sissi.

Mr. Sissi, leader of the popularly supported military coup that ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi nearly 10 months ago, is heavily favored to win the presidential poll, to be held May 26 and 27.



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