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    US President George W Bush has called on world leaders to increase pressure on Burma’s rulers, as US officials moved to ban imports of Burmese gems. Bush, reacting to a UN report that confirmed at least 31 people died in a recent crackdown, said there could be no “business as usual” with the junta. He said the US would lead efforts to place more sanctions on the regime. Meanwhile US lawmakers have voted to stop Burma’s rubies and high-quality jade from entering the United States. (BBC)

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