Haaretz reports:

The European Union tightened sanctions against Syria by imposing restrictions on President Bashar Assad on Monday, raising pressure on his government to end violence against protesters, EU diplomats said.

EU foreign ministers agreed at a meeting in Brussels to add several Syrian officials, including Assad, to a list of people affected by EU travel restrictions and asset freezes.

In the same meeting, EU sanctions against Iran were significantly extended, reflecting the mounting frustration over a lack of progress in nuclear talks with Tehran

EU foreign ministers agreed to add more than 100 new entities to a list of companies and people affected by EU sanctions, designed to put economic pressure on Tehran to abandon its atomic program, EU diplomats said.

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