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Nigeria: Captured girls 'face rape danger'

The Nigerian schoolgirls who remain captives of Boko Haram militants "definitely" face the danger of being raped, a senior United Nations official has said.

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Nigeria rejects Boko Haram prisoner swap for girls

People hold candles and pray in Abuja during a vigil calling for the release of Nigerian schoolgirls Credit: Reuters

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has rejected an offer from Boko Haram to exchange the schoolgirls it abducted for jailed militants, but the government is open to broader talks with the rebels, a visiting British minister said.

"He (Jonathan) made it very clear that there would be no negotiations with Boko Haram that involved a swap of abducted schoolgirls for prisoners," Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds said after meeting Jonathan.

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