Friday protests seen test of Syrian deal with League

AMMAN - Syrian troops' response to anti-government protests after Friday prayers will be a litmus test of the President Bashar Assad's agreement with the Arab League to stop shooting and open talks with the protesters, opposition leaders said.
Dozens of civilians were killed in the city of Homs on Thursday, activists said, a day after Syria agreed to an Arab League plan to pull the army out of cities, free political prisoners and hold talks with opposition leaders.