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PODGORICA (Reuters) - Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro’s picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe.

China’s Debt Imperialism Behind Montenegro’s ‘Highway to Nowhere’

Chinese companies are hard at work on building a road through the mountains to connect Montenegro’s port city of Bar with Serbia. The project is incredibly expensive, leaving Montenegro struggling to pay off titanic debt to Chinese financiers. Critics call it another example of Chinese debt imperialism: the slow-motion conquest of smaller countries through the “Belt and Road” infrastructure initiative by suckering them into taking loans from Beijing they will never be able to repay.

Kosovars celebrate the independence of Kosovo as they displays the contry's new flag in the center of the capital Pristina on February 17, 2008. Kosovo's parliament declared the province's independence from Serbia, giving Europe a new nation and marking an historic turning point in the volatile Balkans. Serbian newspapers in …

Kosovo Moves Decidedly Toward Sovereignty and Independence

The Republic of Kosovo made a move this week to gain broader recognition as President Hashim Thaci announced continuing peace talks with Serbian President Aleksander Vucic in an effort to normalize relations between the two countries.

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Police Manhunt as Kosovo Serb Politician Gunned Down

MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was gunned down Tuesday morning, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia. Assailants opened fire on

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Hundreds of Migrants Out in Open Along Serbia’s EU Borders

SID, Serbia (AP) — Several hundred migrants were camping along Serbia’s borders on Monday, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters from the cold as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries.

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Serbia’s Leader Attends Gay Pride March for First Time

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s first-ever openly gay prime minister joined several hundred gay activists Sunday at a gay pride march that was held amid tight security in the conservative Balkan country.

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Conservative Serbia to Get First Openly Gay Prime Minister

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Thursday nominated the highly conservative country’s first openly gay prime minister, a move likely to infuriate both the Christian Orthodox church and ultranationalists. President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Ana Brnabic, 41, was nominated

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Serb Officials Warn Of Another War In The Balkans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Serbian officials warned on Friday of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan. The angry

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More Than 200 Migrants Rounded up in Serbia

Serbian police have rounded up more than 200 migrants in the country’s north following reports of alleged attacks against the local population.

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Serbia Presidential Election: Powerful Prime Minister Favourite to Win

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbs voted Sunday in a presidential election that was a test of their powerful leader’s authoritarian rule amid growing Russian influence in the Balkan region. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist now a declared pro-European

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Hungary’s Second Anti-Migrant Fence on Serbian Border to be Built by May

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A new fence being built by Hungary to stop migrants from entering the country will be completed by May 1 and a state of emergency giving authorities additional powers to secure the borders has been extended by six months, government officials said Thursday.

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Montenegro Hunts Serbs, Russians Over Planned Election Day Attacks

Montenegro’s prosecutors said Tuesday they have issued international arrest warrants for two Russian and three Serbian nationals suspected of planning an anti-government attack during October’s parliamentary election. The five are wanted for “setting up a criminal organisation and attempted terrorism,”

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Conservative Serbia Becomes Unlikely Sex Change Centre

In a country where Gay Pride parades require massive security and almost half the citizens think homosexuality is a disease, Serbia is drawing patients from around the world seeking sex change operations to become men.

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Serbia’s PM Shrugs Off Weapons Find: ‘Nobody touched me’

BELGRADE – Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday he did not believe he had been subject to an assassination attempt, seeking to calm tensions after the discovery of a cache of heavy weapons on a route regularly taken

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Thousands of Serbian Riot Police Cordon Off Gay Pride March

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of Serbian riot police have cordoned off central Belgrade for a gay pride march amid fears of attacks from extremists in the predominantly conservative Balkan country. Helicopters flew above the downtown area which was sealed

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Serbia Intercepts Over 3,000 Illegal Migrants In A Month

Serbia detained over 3,000 migrants illegally entering into the country in one month, a military spokesman said, suggesting many were still trying to make their way along a Balkan corridor to the European Union despite border closures.