Frustration mounts as toxic smog shrouds the Balkans | AFP

Winter brings its annual toxic smog to the Balkans, where the pollution is fuelled in large part by the coal and wood fires that many poorer residents rely on for heating. In recent weeks, Balkan capitals including Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje and Pristina have been ranked among the world’s top 10 most polluted major cities, according to the monitoring application AirVisual. There have been a spate of protests in cities around the region as citizens demand clean air and from governments that have been slow to react to the crisis.

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Professional nit-picking at a Belgrade salon | AFP

A hairdresser in Belgrade has declared war on lice, opening up a salon that specialises in removing the insects the old-fashioned way. At the “Beovaskica” salon, staff use combs instead of the store-bought chemicals which parents say are failing to root out the tiny bugs. at the salonN°1MY4CU

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Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Belgrade for tri-lateral summit | AFP

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic greets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives alongside the Bosnian Presidency for the tri-lateral summit between Serbian, Bosnian and Turkish leaders in Belgrade. IMAGES

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In Belgrade, a struggle to excavate an urban Nazi camp | AFP

Moments after she was born in a wartime Nazi concentration camp in Belgrade, Estera Bajer was furtively smuggled out in a bag. Nearly eight decades on, she has one wish: to live to see a memorial built at the site where her mother and some 7,000 other Jewish women, children and elderly people were taken to their deaths during the Holocaust. The former camp, known as Staro Sajmiste, sits on prime real estate in the Serbian capital, flanking the left bank of the Sava river across from the city’s historic heart.

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In Belgrade, a struggle to excavate an urban Nazi camp | AFP

Moments after she was born in a wartime Nazi concentration camp in Belgrade, Estera Bajer was furtively smuggled out in a bag. Nearly eight decades on, she has one wish: to live to see a memorial built at the site where her mother and some 7,000 other Jewish women, children and elderly people were taken to their deaths during the Holocaust. The former camp, known as Staro Sajmiste, sits on prime real estate in the Serbian capital, flanking the left bank of the Sava river across from the city’s historic heart.

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Macron and Vucic review troops on Serbia visit | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron is welcomed by his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade. IMAGES

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France’s Macron arrives in Serbia | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Belgrade, greeted by his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. IMAGES

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Serbian victims of NATO’s deadly “mistakes” feel forgotten

On the outskirts of the Serbian town of Surdulica a black cross looms above a grave almost completely covered in a tangle of weeds — the final resting place of civilians killed 20 years ago by NATO bombs. The quiet, mountain-ringed town of some 18,000 people suffered the most civilian casualties — nearly 30 — during NATO’s three-month air assault on Serbia, which kicked off 20 years ago this Sunday and ultimately ended Belgrade’s war with Kosovo.

Serbian students protest outside Belgrade police station demanding the release of a fellow student

Dozens of Serbian high school students staged a sit-down protest demanding the release from detention of a fellow student jailed during weekend anti-government protests in the Balkan country.

Protesters on Saturday burst into the state-TV building in Belgrade, more skirmishes with police took place Sunday when protesters surrounded the Serbian presidency during Vucic’s news conference.

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Anti-govt protesters storm broadcaster HQ in Serbia, clash with cops

Scuffles broke out between opposition and riot police after protesters forced their way into the offices of a public broadcaster in Belgrade, demanding they be put on the air. Police resorted to force to evict the crowd.

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‘Serbian Knights’ plunge into icy river for Epiphany swim

Men from a Serbian knights organisation dive into Belgrade’s chilly Sava river to retrieve a wooden cross in a religious rite held on the eve of Epiphany, a Christian holiday marking the baptism of Jesus. The icy epiphany swim is a tradition held in many Orthodox Christian countries.

A warm welcome for Putin during Serbia visit

Putin receives a warm welcome along with a Shepherd puppy during his visit to Belgrade, Serbia

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Putin lands in Belgrade with a rockstar reception

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Belgrade for a State visit. Putin’s visit has generated a lot of support in Belgrade which has prepared a parade in his honour that will weave through Belgrade and culminate at the massive Saint Sava church, one of Orthodox Christianity’s largest houses of worship. IMAGES of Putin’s arrival at the Belgrade airport

Serbia unveils statue of late US actor Karl Malden

Belgrade’s Yugoslav Film Archive unveils a monument to the late Karl Malden, a beloved American actor with Serb heritage. Malden died at the age of 97 in 2009 after a long career spanning American theater, film and television.