EU agrees to sanctions against Syrian officials

BRUSSELS - The European Union agreed on Friday to impose sanctions on 14 Syrian officials for their part in a violent government crackdown against protesters, but President Bashar Assad was not among those targeted.
After a meeting of EU ambassadors, the 27 country bloc said it would impose travel restrictions and asset freezes on the 14 individuals, with the measures to be formally approved early next week if no member state objects.
The restrictions, which do not include any move against Syria's oil industry or its exports, will come into law later this month, once the legal framework has been drawn up.