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Montenegro, Serbia expel each other's ambassadors

Podgorica - Montenegro and Serbia on Saturday expelled each other's ambassadors, both countries' foreign ministries said, in a move likely further to strain already tense relations between two former Yugoslav republics.

Montenegro president ready to give mandate to opposition

Podgorica - Montenegro's president has said he will give a mandate to the opposition if they unite to form a majority post-election, in what would be the first ever change of power through the ballot box.

Montenegro pro-West party risks ouster after three decades

Podgorica - Montenegro's pro-West ruling party could be knocked from power for the first time in three decades after an election gave a razor-thin edge to opposition camps, results showed on Monday.

Montenegro votes in tense election dominated by church row

Podgorica - Montenegrins voted in force Sunday in an election that could weaken the three-decade domination of a pro-West party after a year of protests and high tension with supporters of the influential Orthodox church.

Montenegro votes with identity, economy at the fore

Podgorica - Montenegro's pro-West leader is fighting to extend his party's 30-year grip on the EU candidate country on Sunday in polls dominated by identity debates and anxiety over a pandemic-hit economy.

Montenegro woos tourists to Europe's 'corona-free' corner

Kotor - Less than two months after detecting its first infection, Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free, a success story the tiny country hopes will lure tourists to its dazzling Adriatic coast this summer.

For Balkan Roma, hunger is the first curse of coronavirus

Tirana - Inside a dark shack outside Albania's capital, 18-year-old Mirela tries to soothe her newborn with the only food she has: a can of powdered milk scrounged from a rubbish bin. "But what to do after that?

Holy row: the battle over Montenegro's Orthodox faith

Montenegro - Pressed into a rocky cliff-face in the heart of Montenegro, the Ostrog monastery welcomes Orthodox pilgrims to its tranquil sanctuary above a vista of rolling hills and tiny villages.

Montenegro needs own church to repel Serb nationalism: president

Podgorica - Montenegro needs its own Orthodox church to ward off meddling from Serbia and cement its identity, President Milo Djukanovic told AFP, as tensions seethe over who controls a faith shared by both countries.

One country, two churches: Montenegro's Christmas Eve tensions

Cetinje - Montenegro's Orthodox believers celebrated their Christmas Eve on Monday in a tense climate over a bitter dispute between the country's rival churches that has also strained ties with neighbouring Serbia.

Montenegro celebrates Orthodox Christmas in tense climate

Cetinje - Montenegro's Orthodox believers were celebrating their Christmas Eve Monday in a tense climate over a bitter dispute between the country's rival churches that has also strained ties with neighbouring Serbia.

Montenegro opposition leaders arrested after chaos in parliament

Podgorica - Montenegro's opposition leaders were arrested Friday after a dramatic night in parliament when their deputies violently protested the passing of a controversial law on religious freedom.

Pompeo to combat Russian influence on Balkans trip

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will seek to counter Russian influence during his visit next week to Montenegro and North Macedonia, the latest and the next members of NATO, officials said Friday.

Serbian Orthodox Church urges Montenegro to scrap property bill

Podgorica - Thousands of people joined an open-air council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Podgorica on Saturday, accusing the Montenegrin government of trying to steal its church property through a draft law on religious freedom.

Montenegro convicts pro-Russian politicians of coup plot

Podgorica - A Montenegro court on Thursday handed jail sentences to two opposition politicians and a dozen others, including Russians and Serbians, over an alleged 2016 plot to topple the government and halt its bid to join NATO.

Media attacks in Balkans harming EU accession hopes

Belgrade - Last weekend Serbian protesters stormed their state-run TV station demanding fair coverage while Montenegrins were chucking rolls of toilet paper at theirs, as public anger at the media erupts in the Balkan states.

Return of Tito statue not 'Yugo-nostalgia'

Podgorica - Montenegro on Wednesday unveiled a statue of communist leader Josip Broz Tito, reversing a trend in parts of the former Yugoslavia towards airbrushing him out of public spaces.

Montenegro's pro-Russian opposition leader arrested

Podgorica - One of the leaders of Montenegro's pro-Russian opposition was arrested Friday for refusing to testify in a corruption case, officials said.An arrest warrant was issued for another opposition leader who also refused to testify in a separate case.

Montenegro investigative journalist to get Mackler award

Washington - A Montenegro-based freelance reporter who has investigated organized crime in Europe and war crimes in the Balkans has been selected for the 2018 Peter Mackler Award named for an AFP journalist, organizers said Wednesday.

Pristine no more: cruise ships, crowds swamp Montenegro

Kotor - Montenegro's medieval walled city of Kotor, an Adriatic seaport cradled in a spectacular fjord-like bay, has survived centuries of weather and warfare.

Mountain milonga: 'tango therapy' finds unlikely Montenegrin home

Montenegro - Couples twist across a wood floor to the melancholy sounds of tango music, swaying and swivelling in a dance that comes from far away.

NATO stands by all allies: official says

Apo - NATO insisted Friday that every member state is covered by its "all for one, one for all" collective defence pledge, after US President Donald Trump appeared to undercut the alliance's core commitment.

Montenegro: a small NATO member on the Adriatic Sea

Podgorica - Little-known Montenegro -- which Donald Trump attacked as "aggressive" enough to lead the NATO alliance into war -- is one of Europe's smallest countries with an army of under 2,000.

Montenegro says 'contributes to peace' in response to TrumpĀ attack

Podgorica - Montenegro on Thursday defended its contribution to peace in response to US President Donald Trump, who said the tiny Balkan nation's "aggressive" people were capable of triggering "World War III".

Montenegro says 'contributes to peace' in response to TrumpĀ attack

Podgorica - Montenegro's government on Thursday defended its contribution to peace in response to a verbal attack from US President Donald Trump, who said this week that the tiny Balkan nation's "aggressive" people were capable of triggering "World War III".

Trump blasts Montenegro, questions NATO mutual defense

Washington - Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn Wednesday for questioning NATO's undergirding principle and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.

EU warns Montenegro to address media freedom

Podgorica - Montenegro's accession into the European Union will be "hampered" if there is no progress on the issue of protection of journalists and freedom of the press, an EU official warned Friday.

Hundreds protest against gun attack on Montenegro journalist

Podgorica - Several hundred people protested in Podgorica Wednesday, a day after an investigative journalist reporting on organised crime in Montenegro was shot and injured.

Pro-Western Djukanovic sweeps back into power in Montenegro

Podgorica - Political heavyweight Milo Djukanovic, bidding to take Montenegro into the European Union, swept back into power in Sunday's presidential election after a two-year absence.

Montenegro holds presidential vote in shadow of crime

Podgorica - Gangland killings and organised crime have loomed over Montenegro's presidential campaign, handing ammunition to the opposition in their attacks on six-time former prime minister Milo Djukanovic, who is the favourite to win Sunday's first round vote.
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