US said to mull sanctions on Syrian officials

WASHINGTON, April 25  - The Obama administration is considering a range of options against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, including possible sanctions on senior officials, to pressure it to halt a violent crackdown, a US official said on Monday.
The measures could include a freeze on assets and a ban on business dealings in the United States, the official said. There was no immediate word on when such sanctions might be imposed.