An international financial watchdog has removed Burma from a list of nations that do not cooperate in the global fight against money laundering.

The Financial Action Task Force made the announcement on Friday.

Twenty-three countries were listed in 2001 as non-cooperative. Military-ruled Burma had been the last remaining nation on the list.

Earlier this year, the European Union criticized Burma's efforts to end money laundering, calling them insufficient.

The G-8 founded the Financial Action Task Force in 1989. It develops policies to help governments fight money laundering and terrorist-financing.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.