While some say the president’s speech was a show of strength, others describe his reform pledges as empty words.
Experts say human rights unlikely to improve as laws that are equally dreaded remain in place.
The story of this ancient town is the story of the Syrian uprising: state brutality, funerals and growing fury.
Protesters vow to continue demonstrating in Syria’s third largest city, despite violent crackdown on those taking part.
The Syrian president has promised to lift emergency law but many doubt this will end human-rights abuses.
Syria’s president addressed the nation to appease growing protests – but his words failed to ease Syrian anger.
In the tea shops and internet cafes of Damascus, Syrians are asking what events in Egypt may mean for them.
Human rights groups say both sides in the conflict have been recruiting teenagers.
Economists warn that diminishing natural resources threaten Yemen’s fragile economy.
Egyptian productions’ historical dominance faces a stiff challenge.