Ashton: EU won't rule out sanctions on Assad

VIENNA - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has left the door open for extending sanctions against Syria to include President Bashar al-Assad.
The EU put 13 Syrian officials on its sanctions list on Tuesday, including a brother of Assad, in a first step aimed at forcing Syria to end violence against anti-government protesters.
"President Assad is not on the list but that does not mean the foreign ministers won't return to this subject," Ashton told Austrian radio in an interview broadcast on Thursday.