Egypt’s military ruler lifts partially emergency laws

Egypt’s military ruler on Tuesday decreed a partial lifting of the nation’s hated emergency laws, while saying the draconian measures would still apply to crimes committed by “thugs.” Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said in a televised address to the nation that the emergency laws would be lifted effective Wednesday

Syria arrests popular opposition figure, replaces emergency law

Syrian authorities arrested a popular opposition figure hours after passing a bill lifting nearly 50 years of emergency rule. Rights activists say Mahmoud Issa was taken from his home in the central city of Homs late Tuesday by Syria’s political security services.

Syrian Revolution urges Christians to participate in protests

The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, which boasts more than 120,000 followers and which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations that have been demanding “freedom” in Syria has called on the Christian community to protest on Good Friday.

Syrian government lifts emergency laws, warns protesters

Syria’s government approved lifting the country’s nearly 50-year-old state of emergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but also issued a stern warning to demonstrators to call off their challenges to President Bashar Assad’s hard-line rule.