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US Senate Approves Measure Imposing Restrictions on Treatment of Detainees

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The U.S. Senate has approved a measure aimed at preventing prisoner abuse by banning the use of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment against anyone in military custody.

Senators Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the measure, in a vote of 90 to nine.

The bill will impose standards on the military's treatment of detainees in the wake of prisoner abuse scandals, such as the high profile instances at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and the bill's co-sponsor, says military personnel deserve to have clearly outlined interrogation rules.

The chief sponsor of the bill, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, said the measure shows that the United States is different from the enemy it fights.

Senator McCain himself was a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam.

The White House has vowed to veto the measure, saying it limits the president's abilities to wage war on terrorism.

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