Syrian president pledges reforms

Bashar al-Assad says the 48-year-old emergency laws will be lifted within a week.

    " />

    Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has announced that the country's emergency laws are to be lifted within a week.

    In a televised address, he also pledged further reforms and spoke of the people's right to dignity, freedom and justice.

    He said the country's security forces will need training to handle protests, as demonstrations have been banned under the emergency laws, in place since 1963.

    Rights groups say at least 200 people have been killed since protests began one month ago.

    Al Jazeera's Rula Amin reports from Damascus.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Bitcoin: Know the risks before you buy

    Bitcoin: All you need to know before you buy

    'Bitcoin is right now the riskiest investment you can make.' Here are the risks you should consider before you buy.