Syria's Stylish First Lady's Shopping Sprees Now Hit By Sanctions

On a brisk January day in Damascus, Asma al-Assad stood at the front of the crowd, smiling widely with two of her children as her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, addressed a rally of thousands of flag-waving supporters. It was one of very few glimpses of Syria's glamorous British-born first lady the world had seen since the uprising against the Assad regime began last March. Her absence from the public eye left many wondering whether the liberal, London-educated Asma -- known as...Full Story
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