The European Union Thursday threatened a new set of sanctions against Burma - now officially called Myanmar - relating to the state of human rights in the country. The announcement came ahead of Friday's Asia-Europe summit (ASEM) which brings together 38 Asian and European nations.
The new sanctions will reportedly ban senior Burmese officials from gaining visas to visit Europe and prohibit European companies from providing financing to state-owned interests inside Burma. Some EU states wanted to completely exclude Burma from the meeting until the country released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. Read the European Union press release on the ASEM meeting here. BBC has more.