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More Nigeria violence leaves government struggling for control

Christians vowed to defend their land and faith in the strife-torn central Nigerian state of Plateau, as fresh violence undermined President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest bid to stamp his authority on the increasingly divided west African nation. Nigeria’s National Assembly voted to endorse the president’s decision both to impose a state of emergency on Plateau and install a former military governor there in an attempt to quell a bloody three-year-old turf war between rival Christian and Muslim ethnic groups. The latest clashes, in particular a Christian militia attack that killed more than 200 Muslims on May 2, have sent shock waves around the country. Full Story

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