Syria's Assad cuts jail terms, activists not satisfied

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad cut prisoners' sentences on Tuesday to mark a national holiday but activists said it was a meaningless gesture without the release of thousands of political detainees believed to be held in his jails.
The move reduced prison terms of inmates held for both crimes and misdemeanors and also cut by a quarter the jail terms of "Syrians who had joined the terrorists" - the term used by the government to describe the rebels trying to topple Assad.
The decree was announced on state news agency SANA but it did not say how many prisoners it covered.