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Kosovo Holds First Elections Since Independence

Kosovo is holding elections Sunday for the first time since its ethnic Albanian majority declared independence from Serbia in 2008. More than 1.5 million people are eligible to cast ballots for mayors and council members in 36 municipalities, including the capital, Pristina. Hours after the polls opened, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci urged minority Serbs not to boycott the vote as called for by authorities in Belgrade and by Serbia's influential Orthodox Church. Western journalists say some Serbs appeared at polling station