BELGRADE, Serbia -- A Serbian village worn out by floods
and misfortune has decided it's time to fight back.
Officials in the village of Zitiste are planning to erect a huge statue of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa
film character in the village square to attract tourists and show a
new face to the world.
The village, about 36 miles north of Belgrade, has repeatedly suffered heavy flooding and
landslides in recent years, gaining a disaster-prone reputation.
The locals started contemplating how to change that image and
revive the village, which is one of the poorest in northern Serbia.