You can clone with
HTTPS or Subversion.
I learned about this here:
The idea is you get:
Our story is that there are a couple ways you might do it.:
1) make a 'canonical' translation, use a wildcard simplate file to handle dispatch and redirect non-canonical ones to the actual files
2) build it out more manually and then use symlinks
I'd probably start by trying something like /%lang/%news/%category/recent/.