20 Jul '11, 10pm

US House renews Myanmar sanctions: WASHINGTON - THE US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved renewal of...

WASHINGTON - THE US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved renewal of sanctions on Myanmar first passed in 2003 in response to alleged rights violations and failure to adopt democratic reforms. Lawmakers adopted the measure by voice vote. The annual legislation, which has passed easily in Congress in the past, bans the import of goods from Myanmar, including lucrative gems, and restricts visas issued to government officials in the country earlier known as Burma. President Barack Obama earlier in May extended a separate set of sanctions that bar US investment in Myanmar. The US Senate was expected to approve a companion measure as soon as it won approval from the chamber's finance committee, sending the legislation to Mr Obama to sign into law. -- AFP

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