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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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Hollande: Boko Haram presents wider threat

President Hollande with West African leaders and British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Paris today. Credit: Reuters

Boko Haram presents a wider threat to western and central Africa and has proven links to Al Qaeda, French president Francois Hollande has said.

A comprehensive plan to exchange information, coordinate action and protect borders needed to be put in place immediately, Mr Hollande said at a Paris conference today.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague was among senior European figures at the meeting with African leaders to discuss plans to defeat Islamist militants Boko Haram today.

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