Thousands protest in southern Syrian city Deraa

AMMAN - Several thousand people demonstrated in Syria's southern city of Deraa on Friday, calling for the "overthrow of the regime" of President Bashar Assad, witnesses said.
 The protests, in the city which saw the outbreak of Syria's five-week-old popular demonstrations, came a day after Assad lifted a draconian state of emergency which had been in place for nearly 50 years -- one of the key demands of the protesters.