Assad hit by luxury goods ban

The EU has imposed new sanctions on the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, restricting imports of luxury goods and equipment that could be used for 'repression'.

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Annan welcomes decision to send 300 monitors to Syria

UN-Arab league envoy Kofi Annan has welcomed the approval of sending 300 monitors to Syria, according to Reuters.

He said: "This is now a pivotal moment for the stabilisation of the country".

Annan also called on the Syrian government's forces and the opposition to put down their weapons and work with the monitors.

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