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Legal news from Sunday, May 25, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in the first round of voting. Billionaire candy-maker Poroshenko, who is known as the "chocolate king," garnered more than 55 percent of votes. While announcing his victory, Poroshenko vowed to forge closer links with the EU, but his first priority is to travel …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Thailand's military released several statements on Sunday in an effort to smother dissent following the military overthrow of the government last Thursday. Deputy army spokesman Winthai Suvaree said in a televised statement: We would like to ask all people to avoid gathering to stage protests because it’s not a usual situation for the democratic process. …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order late Thursday allowing the military to resume force feeding a Syrian prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, stating that "the court is in no position to make the complex medical decisions necessary" to keep the prisoner alive. In the order, US District …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate on Friday voted 5-2 to pass a measure requiring distributors of bottled or canned sugary drinks to fix warning labels to the beverage container before sale. The warning label required by the bill reads: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) …

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