U.S. Tightens Syria Sanctions

The U.S. is sanctioning Syria's bank and its mobile-phone operator in an attempt to increase the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad. Assad, meanwhile, seems determined to crush the uprising during the holy month of Ramadan, sending military forces today into several towns along the border with Turkey. Residents say today's assault left 35 people dead. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney once again condemned Assad and said Syria “would be better off without” him, but stopped short of calling for him to step down.