Does this mean Syria will stay in the Arab League? A Syrian official says the country has agreed “in principle” to admit Arab League observers into the country to monitor its handling of demonstrators. But those demonstrations may be turning increasingly violent. The New York Times reports that armed defections may be on the rise and could now number in the thousands. Protesters have certainly increased in boldness, attacking government offices and military bases over the last several days. In Kuwait, Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah, the country's emir, tightened security after protesters broke into Parliament and called for the prime minister's resignation.