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Kosovo's prime minister vowed Friday that the rights of minorities will be protected after the province declares independence, but stopped short of naming a date for the announcement.

A declaration of independence is widely expected within days and Hashim Thaci assured minority groups -- especially its Serbs -- that they would have a role in society and government after independence.

Kosovo is a province of Serbia under U.N. control, and its majority ethnic Albanian population want independence; the minority Serbs generally want to stay part of Serbia. Read full article »

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