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Military Tackles Crime; Death Toll Nears 100

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Egypt's military appears to be trying to stop the looting, armed robbery and arson that have been plaguing the country's capital -- but soldiers are doing nothing to try to clear thousands of anti-government protesters from the streets.

The protesters are again defying a nighttime curfew, as they continue their push for President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk) to leave.

The military had largely taken over the role of keeping order in Cairo. But this afternoon, truckloads of hundreds of police poured back into Cairo neighborhoods and took up positions on the streets.

The official death toll from five days of growing crisis stands at 97, with thousands injured, but reports from witnesses across the country indicate that the actual toll is far higher.

An Internet cutoff remains in place for a third day. The country's four primary Internet providers stopped moving data in and out of Egypt early Friday in an apparent move by authorities to disrupt the organization of demonstrations.

Egyptian mobile-phone networks are back up, but text-messaging is widely disrupted.

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