Syrian parliamentary elections see opposition boycott
7 May 2012 Last updated at 21:10 BST
In Syria, parliamentary elections have been taking place, a sign that reform is happening according to the Assad government.
But while the elections are the first for 40 years in which the ruling Baath party is not guaranteed a majority, opposition parties have dismissed them as a sham and have called for a boycott.
Meanwhile there have been reports of violence in the city of Hama and the provinces of Idlib and Deir al-Zour.
Lyse Doucet reports from Damascus.