Moving to encourage reform in Myanmar ahead of a landmark trip by President Barack Obama, the United States has scrapped a nearly decade-old ban on most imports from the long-isolated nation.
A local woman is seen folding US national flags at a shop in Yangon. The United States on Friday lifted a nearly decade-old ban on most imports from Myanmar, saying it was hoping to encourage recent reforms days before a landmark visit by President Barack Obama.
The world's largest economy will open up to products from the country formerly known as Burma with the exception of gems, a sector seen as a major driver of corruption and violence.
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