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Egypt steps up pressure on supporters of Morsi

Government may give troops power to arrest civilians

CAIRO — Egypt’s interim government said Sunday that it may give the military the right to arrest civilians, in what officials said could be a prelude to a major crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and on militants who have attacked security forces.

In a decree that was published in the government’s official gazette Sunday, interim President Adly Mansour gave the prime minister, Hazem el-Belbawi, the authority to allow civilian arrests by the military.

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