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HUNGER. The desire for taking food. Hunger is no excuse for larceny. 1 Hale, P. C. 54; 4 Bl. Com. 31. But it is a matter which applies itself strongly to the consciences of the judges in mitigation of the punishment.
     2. When a person has died, and it is suspected he has been starved to death, an examination of his body ought to be made, to ascertain whether or not he died of hunger. The signs which usually attend death from hunger are the following: The body is much emaciated, and a foetid, acrid odor exhales from it, although death may have been very recent. The eyes are red and open, which is not usual in other causes of death. The tongue and throat are dry, even to aridity, and the stomach and intestines are contracted and empty. The gall bladder is pressed with bile, and this fluid is found scattered over the stomach and intestines, so as to tinge them very extensively. The lungs are withered, but all the other organs are generally in a healthy state. The blood vessels are usually empty. Foder‚, tom. ii. p. 276, tom. iii. p. 231; 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 52; see Eunom. Dial. 2, Sec. 47, p. 142, and the note at p. 384.

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The two NCA members are on hunger strike in the premises of the Constituent Assembly in reaction at the arrest, last September 30, of a large number of protesters in the locality of El Omrane, province of Menzel BouzaE[macron]ene, Governorate of Sidi Bouzid.
ICRC said it was worried about the prisoners Samer Al-Barq, Hassan Al-Safadi and Ayman Sharwanah who have been on hunger strike for several weeks ago.
A 27-year-old detainee Bilal Diab and 34-year-old Tha'er Halahlah survived their 50th day of hunger strike while 6 others already met their death official PA sources in Ramallah confirmed today.
The "rolling" hunger strike means that different members of the families will undergo a hunger strike successively so that someone is always on strike.
However, Al Jasem rejected the charges, saying they were politically motivated and went on a hunger strike.
Shop steward Jim Wyse is now on day 12 of the hunger strike.
He added that the pro-democracy leader is aware of rumors that she has gone on a hunger strike.
He lost five stones after going on hunger strike in February.
Photo: (1) Richard Gere meets Monday with Karma Siju, one of six Tibetans on a hunger strike in New Delhi, India.
Palestinian prisoners launched a hunger strike in protest of a recent surge in maltreatment and suppression by the Israeli prison authorities against them.
Hundreds of Palestinians marched through the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday in support of Khader Adnan, as the Palestinian prisoner had passed his 53rd day on hunger strike, World Bulletin reported.