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Sanctions unfold as 25 die in Syria

BEIRUT – Violence sweeping across Syria killed 25 people on Saturday, most of them in a battle between troops and a growing force of army defectors who have joined the movement to oust the autocratic president, activists said.

The Arab League, meanwhile, agreed on the details of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the regime.

Arab League ministers meeting in the Gulf nation of Qatar on Saturday to finalize the bloc’s penalties agreed on a list of 19 Syrian officials subject to a travel ban.

Among them are Cabinet ministers, intelligence chiefs and security officers, but the list does not include President Bashar Assad.

The Arab League also agreed to ban the supply of all weapons to Syria.