Egypt authorises police use of deadly force
CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian authorities have authorised police to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions from attacks.
The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of national security, says in a statement on Thursday that the new measures come after supporters of the deposed Islamist president torched two local government buildings in the city of Giza, home to the famed pyramids.
Egypt's military-backed government also pledged to confront "terrorist actions and sabotage" allegedly carried out by members of former President Mohammed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood group.
On Wednesday, the government declared a nationwide state of emergency and nighttime curfew after a deadly crackdown on Mursi supporters holding sit-ins and nationwide clashes left more than 500 people dead.