NATO moves 1,000s of troops in one of year’s largest Europe drills


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NATO allies are conducting a massive drill in southeastern Europe meant to test the alliance’s ability to move large quantities of troops and equipment into the region.

 

Troops and vehicles from bases in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Norway, and Albania are to roll through or fly over Europe to the final rallying ground in Cincu, Romania, where the active phase of Operation Noble Jump 17 is to start on June 8. Some parts of the training will take part in Bulgaria and Greece as well, the Sofia Globe reported.

 

Of the some 4,000 allied troops taking part in the war games, 1,900 are part of the so-called Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Around 500 military vehicles are taking part in the drill as well.

“The exercise demonstrates results, capability and readiness all of which are critical for defense and deterrents,” said British Major General Ian Cave, the director of the NATO operation.

“It also shows NATO as a responsive and capable alliance, which reassures all of our allies, all of our populations and all of our partners,” he added.

https://www.rt.com/news/390445-nato-massive-drill-romania/

N. Korea fires short-range missile into Sea of Japan – report


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Just days prior to that launch, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea.

Both Russia and China have criticized North Korea, saying they do not recognize its nuclear ambitions, and that leader Kim Jong-Un should listen to the UN Security Council’s demands to return to the negotiation table.

However, both Moscow and Beijing agree that rising tensions on the Korean peninsula should not give the US a pretext to deploy a missile shield in the region.

Earlier this month, the “robust” new US-imposed sanctions, blocking businesses from any dealings with North Korea, in an attempt to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear tests.

In a March 2 vote, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved one of the toughest sets of sanctions yet targeting North Korea.

The restrictions include the mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering the communist state by land, sea or air, and banned all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang. The UN punishment stipulates the expulsion of those diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.” 

https://www.rt.com/news/337557-north-korea-missile-sea/

Almost-frozen Patches is ‘one lucky little dog’


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Patches, a two-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix named by OHS staff, was found by a Good Samaritan on a snowmobile trail near Manotick. She was in rough shape, wracked with seizures and her body temperature was dangerously low.

“She was found just in time. She likely would have died if she spent any more time out there,” said OHS veterinarian Tera Betnaza.

Patches’ rescuer rushed the pup to a nearby vet clinic where she was given special warming blankets and an IV of dextrose to bring blood-sugar levels up. She was then taken to the critical care unit of the OHS on Tuesday night and by Wednesday was recovering well. Young animals tend be a little more resilient, particularly to the cold, just as young humans are.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/almost-frozen-patches-is-one-lucky-little-dog

Suicide bomb attack in Istanbul kills 5, dozens wounded


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A suicide attack on Istanbul’s main pedestrian shopping street Saturday killed five people, including the bomber and an Israeli citizen, in the sixth suicide bombing in Turkey in the past year. Several foreigners were among 36 people wounded, according to the health ministry.

Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said the explosion occurred outside a local government office on Istiklal Street, which is also home to cafes, restaurants and foreign consulates.

Police swiftly sealed off the area as ambulances and a forensic team rushed to the scene after the bombing about 11 a.m. Normally packed cafes were either closed or virtually empty, with business owners making frantic calls to loved ones to assure them of their safety. Rattled tourists wondered where to go.

“It was one loud explosion,” said Muhammed Fatur, a Syrian who works at a butcher shop near the scene of the explosion. “Police came to the scene and sealed off the area.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/03/19/istanbul-turkey-explosion/82008736/

Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro Resign From Breitbart


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Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro are resigning from the company over the site’s handling of Donald Trump’s campaign manager’salleged assault on Fields, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Fields and Shapiro informed Breitbart News chair Steve Bannon of their decision Sunday night.

“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News. “I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”

In his own statement, Shapiro said the episode was emblematic of how he believes the site’s management had sold out the legacy of its founder and namesake, the late Andrew Breitbart.

“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/michelle-fields-ben-shapiro-resign-from-breitbart#.ae0ePA3K9

Reporter quits news site, says she was manhandled by Donald Trump’s campaign manager


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The Breitbart News reporter allegedly roughed up last week at a Donald Trump press conference has resigned from the conservative website, saying that she can’t work for an organization that doesn’t support her, and three other news employees followed her out the door.

Michelle Fields, who said that she was grabbed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as she attempted to question the candidate last Tuesday in Florida, was joined in her resignation by Breitbart editors Ben Shapiro and Jarrett Stepman, along with national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel.

Police in Jupiter, Fla., said Monday that their investigation of the incident is continuing. No charges have been filed.

Lewandowski has denied the allegation. Trump told CNN that the incident, which was witnessed by a reporter from The Washington Post, was probably “made up.”

After initially publishing Fields’ account, Breitbart posted a story doubting its own reporter, saying the “likeliest explanation” is that Fields was grabbed by a security officer, not Lewandowski.

Shapiro, in a lengthy statement first reported by BuzzFeed News, said Breitbart did nothing to support Fields outside of tepidly asking for an apology. “In the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story,” Shapiro wrote.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/03/breitbart-news-reporter-michelle-fields-who-says-she-was-manhandled-by-donald-trumps-campaign-manager-resigns.html/

Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro Out at Breitbart News Following Trump Rally Controversy


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Two key figures in the Breitbart News world announced their departures Sunday night following a wave of controversy that has dogged the conservative media giant for the last several weeks.

Reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro told Buzzfeed News that they have resigned from their positions, which stem directly from an altercation at a Donald Trump rally in which Fields was allegedly roughed up by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. While video has surfaced of Lewandowski reaching for Fields just before the altercation, Breitbart published a story that called into question the veracity of what Fields claimed, furthered by reports that Chairman Stephen Bannon made several disparaging comments about Fields, as many at the company seemed to show anoverall disinterest in defending Fields initially.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/michelle-fields-ben-shapiro-out-at-breitbart-news-following-trump-rally-controversy/