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PUNISHMENT EU to Sanction Syrian First Lady Miguel Medina, AFP / Getty Images

EU to Sanction Syrian First Lady

European Union foreign ministers on Friday slapped sanctions on the wife of Syria President Bashar al-Assad. Asma al-Assad is among 12 other close relatives and government ministers to be slapped with a travel ban and has had her assets frozen in a bid to stop the regime's violent crackdown on the opposition. Asma Assad, 36, was born in the United Kingdom and has British citizenship, so EU officials said she could probably still travel to England.

March 23, 2012 6:45 AM