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Egypt said on Saturday it had extended by three months a state of emergency imposed on parts of northern Sinai in October after Islamist militants stepped up attacks in the peninsula bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal. Insurgents have killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen in Sinai since mid-2013, lashing out after then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following protests. The decision, announced in a statement from the presidency, will be implemented in Rafah, al-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and surrounding areas starting on Sunday. The measure was first introduced after 33 security personnel were killed in an attack in late October at a checkpoint in northern Sinai.
By David Lewis and John Zodzi LOME (Reuters) - Togo voted on Saturday in an election expected to give President Faure Gnassingbe a third term in office that could extend his family's grip on power to more than half a century. Gnassingbe has been president since 2005, when his father died after 38 years in charge of the west African nation. Gnassingbe faces a divided opposition of four challengers headed by official opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, who came second in 2010. Local election observers said reports suggested turnout was around 40 percent at midday.