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U.S. imposes new Myanmar sanctions on two state-owned businesses

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday imposed new Myanmar-related sanctions, targeting two state-owned businesses in Washington s latest in a series of punitive actions following the Feb. 1 military coup in the Southeast Asian country. Washington blacklisted Myanma Timber Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise, according to the Treasury Department s website. The United States has imposed several rounds of sanctions targeting Myanmar s military over the coup and the killing of protesters since then. Myanmar has been in crisis since the military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi s elected government, with almost daily protests despite a crackdown by the junta in which hundreds of people have been killed. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), an activist group, says 738 people have been killed by Myanmar s security forces since the coup and 3,300 people are in detention. Another 20 people have been sentenced to death and are in hiding. REUTERS


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