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International Islam Conference Opens in Austria Today

The presidents of Iraq and Afghanistan are among those gathering in Austria Monday for a three-day international conference on Islam.

Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik says the conference, titled "Islam in a Pluralistic World," is aimed at improving understanding and dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami are expected to attend. So is 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Iranian human rights attorney Shirin Ebadi.

The conference comes amid increasing awareness of the differences over how Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe view Islam's place in their society.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.