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Hunger Strike Ukraine Pilot 'Being Transferred' to Russian Hospital

Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has resumed her hunger strike and is withering away, her lawyer said on Monday, adding that authorities planned to transfer her to a Russian civilian hospital.

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov said that Savchenko, who had already lasted for more than 80 days without food before halting her hunger strike last month, has again been refusing food since last week.

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Turkey Judges who Freed 'Gulen Supporters' Suspended

Three judges who ordered the release of a TV station boss and 74 police officers, accused of being part of a "parallel state" plotting to overthrow Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were suspended Monday after he lashed out at the decision.

Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) suspended the three Istanbul magistrates two days after their decision to free the men provoked a furious reaction from the Turkish government.

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'Batman' Theater Gunman Trial Starts in Colorado

James Holmes, the allegedly disturbed gunman accused of opening fire in a packed Batman movie premiere, killing 12 people, finally went on trial Monday, nearly three years after the shocking massacre.

The 27-year-old, who has pleaded not guilty due to insanity, listened calmly as the judge gave preliminary remarks at the trial, which could see him face the death sentence for the 2012 shootings. 

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Baltimore Man Who Died in Police Custody Mourned

Family and friends gathered Monday for the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose death in custody triggered a fresh wave of protests over US police tactics.

Thousands of people arrived at the New Shiloh Baptist church to pay final respects to Gray, who died on April 19 of severe spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in Baltimore.

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Norway Tests Out 'Animal Rights Cops'

Norwegian police is creating a unit to investigate cruelty to animals, the government said Monday, arguing that those who hurt animals often harm people too.

"First of all, it's important to take care of our animals, so that they enjoy the rights they have and that there be a follow-up when their rights are violated," Agriculture Minister Sylvi Listhaug said, describing animals at risk as "often defenseless."

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Loretta Lynch Sworn as Top U.S. Law Enforcement Official

President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch, was sworn in at her new job on Monday, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post.

A career prosecutor known for trying high-profile anti-terrorism trials in New York, Lynch, 55, said she was "honored beyond words" to take over the job of the nation's top prosecutor.

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Defense to Launch Bid to Save Boston Bomber from Death

Defense lawyers asked a jury Monday to sentence Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life in America's "super-max" federal prison, portraying a lost teen controlled by a radical older brother.

"As awful as his crime was, life in prison faced with what he has done is a better choice for everyone," said lawyer David Bruck in his opening statement at the penalty phase of Tsarnaev's trial.

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UK Conservative Candidate Suspended over Anti-Semitic Post

Britain's Conservative party on Monday said it had suspended its candidate in an upcoming local election after she vowed never to support "the Jew" Ed Miliband, leader of the Labor party.

Gulzabeen Afsar was hoping to be elected to a council seat near Derby, central England, when Britain goes to the polls on May 7, but will not now be able to run after posting the "offensive and unacceptable remarks" on Facebook.

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Iran Leads Calls for Israel to Give Up Nuclear Weapons

Iran on Monday led calls by non-aligned nations for Israel to give up its nuclear weapons as a major conference got underway on advancing prospects for a nuclear-free world.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed the conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ahead of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the landmark nuclear deal reached this month.

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Kerry Unveils $10 Million in Nepal Quake Aid

The United States is sending a total of $10 million in relief to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday as the death toll passed 4,000.

The top U.S. diplomat sent his "deepest condolences" to the people of Nepal, and in the region, who had been affected by the disaster, adding "the images that everybody has seen are gut-wrenching, extraordinary devastation."

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