Bush announces new US sanctions on Myanmar

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UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 (Reuters) President George W Bush announced new US sanctions against Myanmar's military rulers today and urged other countries to follow suit amid Myanmar's biggest anti-government protests in 20 years.

''The United States will tighten economic sanctions on the leaders of the regime and their financial backers,'' Bush said in his annual address to the UN General Assembly.

''We will impose an expanded visa ban on those responsible for the most egregious violations of human rights,'' he said, adding that Americans were ''outraged'' by rights abuses in Myanmar.

REUTERS JK PM2006

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