EU urges all to sign int'l anti-torture convention

The European Union, which has been harshly critical of US prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, urged all nations to sign a global convention against torture and condemned the practice for any reason. "No culture of impunity is acceptable," the 25-nation bloc warned in a statement coinciding with observances of the United Nations' ninth annual International Day to Support the Victims of Torture on Monday. "The EU resolves to continue and intensify its own efforts to secure a world free from torture," it said