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US Embassy in Montenegro Was Closed. Then, a Boom

Attacker threw grenade, killed himself

(Newser) - The offices at the US Embassy in Montenegro were closed for the night late Wednesday when the attack occurred: An unidentified man threw a grenade over the compound's wall and then took his own life using a second explosive device, reports the AP . He was the only casualty, and... More »

Montenegro Leader Not Troubled by Trump Shove

Trump had 'white-knuckled' handshake with Macron

(Newser) - It was a shove seen around the world: President Trump pushed aside Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic as NATO leaders prepared for a group photo at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels Thursday. Trump was criticized by news outlets in the Balkans and elsewhere, but Markovic himself shrugged it off,... More »

Shots Fired in Great McCain-Paul War of 2017

McCain says Paul is 'working for' Putin; Paul says McCain is 'unhinged'

(Newser) - Infighting! We got GOP infighting here! Yahoo News reports senators Rand Paul and John McCain are having a bit of a tiff this week after McCain called Paul out on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday. McCain was seeking a vote on a Senate bill—expected to be widely... More »

Former Concentration Camp to Become 'Party' Hotel

Montenegro's parliament approves plan for resort at Mamula

(Newser) - Thousands of people were held at Campo Mamula, an island concentration camp off Montenegro, during World War II, including 130 who died there. Soon, people will mostly go there to party. Despite protests from relatives of those imprisoned at the site, Montenegro's government has approved a plan to transform... More »

NATO Crosses Russia, Invites Tiny New Member

Russia considers Montenegro move 'confrontational'

(Newser) - Montenegro is smaller than Connecticut and it has far fewer people, but the former Yugoslav republic is now punching well above its weight in international relations. Despite Russia's objections, NATO invited the country to join the alliance on Wednesday, marking its first expansion since Albania and Croatia joined in... More »

Romanian Towns Buried Under 15 Feet of Snow

Military flies in emergency food aid

(Newser) - Authorities declared an alert in Eastern Romania today, as military planes flew in emergency aid to towns and villages that have been cut off from the rest of the country for days by staggering quantities of snow. In some places, people have had to dig tunnels through up to 15... More »

Poland Deep Freeze Kills 30

Meanwhile, worst floods in a century hit Balkans

(Newser) - The death toll from a deep freeze in Poland has increased to 30 with a dozen more deaths occurring overnight, while some of the worst floods in a century devastated parts of the Balkans. Many of those who died in Poland are drunks or homeless people, and police canvassed the... More »

Montenegro's Lone Hippo Goes on the Lam

Flooding lets 2-ton mammal elude her keepers

(Newser) - The only hippopotamus in Montenegro took advantage of flooding in the mountainous country to flee her zoo enclosure and camp out a mile away, zookeepers say. Nikica, a 2-ton female, swam away from her home south of Podgorica, the Adriatic country's capital, and is being aided and abetted by locals.... More »

NATO Seals Kosovo Borders

Troops called in after mobs burn border posts

(Newser) - NATO peacekeepers have sealed off Kosovo's northern borders after angry mobs torched border posts, the BBC reports. US troops have blocked the main road to Serbia, and French and Estonian troops have cut off the crossing to Montenegro. The move is bound to infuriate Serbs both in Kosovo and Serbia,... More »

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