1. PUNISHMENT

    EU to Sanction Syrian First Lady

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C), his wife Asma (R) and French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand (2dL) leave the Grand Palais after they visit the exhibition dedicated to French painter Claude Monet on December 11, 2010 in Paris at the end of their official visit in France. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    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.

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