A peace conference is taking place in the central Nigerian state of Plateau, the scene of fierce ethno-religious fighting earlier this year. The clashes in May between Christians and Muslim left dozens dead and drove some 250,000 from their homes. Representatives of all the communities are to discuss conflicts over land and religion at the month-long conference. President Olusegun Obasanjo, who on Wednesday visited Yelwa, where the fighting began, opened the meeting. The clashes in Plateau sparked more fighting in the northern city of Kano and raised communal tensions across Nigeria, which has similar numbers of Muslims and Christians and hundreds of different ethnic groups. Full Story
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