Weekly Roundup: U.S. Imposes Syrian Sanctions, Former Costa Rican President Sentenced Gets Five Years for Corruption, and More

U.S. President Barack Obama imposed economic sanctions on three top Syrian officials Friday, including two relatives of President Bashar al-Assad. In an executive order, the White House said financial institutions must block the assets of Mahir Assad, Ali Mamluk and Atif Najib because of human rights abuses. More The sanctions, which also named the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, have been expected by large financial institutions, according to compliance officers. More The new sanctions shortly followed the lifting economic prohibitions against the Bank of Khartoum Thursday. More The de-listing follows a January referendum in the country to allow Southern Sudan to...