US announces sanctions on Myanmar coup leaders

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US President Joe Biden has approved an executive order to impose sanctions on the leaders of Myanmar’s coup. The measures will be focused on military leaders, their family members and businesses linked to them. Steps are also being taken to block access by the military to 1 billion US dollars of government funds held in the US.

The sanctions come as a woman who was shot in the head during protests against the coup fights for her life at a hospital in the capital Nay Pyi Taw. Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 19, was hurt on Tuesday when police tried to disperse protesters using water cannon, rubber bullets and live rounds. The wound was consistent with one from live ammunition, rights groups say.

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