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without provocation

Without cause. For no apparent reason. Pam shrieked in surprise when the cat leapt onto her without provocation. I knew I wasn't speeding, so as far as I could tell—the officer pulled me over without provocation.
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Tacha was issued her first strike on August 13 for provocation, alongside Ike who was issued his second strike the same day.
Russia has repeatedly stressed that the White Helmets group in Syria was responsible for chemical weapons provocations. In April dozens of the group's members admitted in several interviews, that they had carried out false flag chemical attacks to provoke retaliation against the Syrian armed forces.
Although the provocation on June 12 ended in failure, there is no guarantee that Yerevan will not take a new entrapment.
In the United States, criminal jurisprudence generally requires both that the killer committed the act while in a state of emotional turmoil due to unexpected provocation and that any reasonable person would have been provoked in such a situation in order to support a provocation defense.
The accused had admitted that he had killed the four persons in sudden provocation. The court held that the prosecution had failed to prove the case even though the accused confessed to killing the four persons in provocation.
As a result, the Policy does not cover Cohne's use of force in response to Yianacopolus' alleged physical provocation. Accordingly, if Yianacopolus provoked Cohne, Navigators does not have a duty to defend.
The second phase is that of provocation. The participant passively receives the decisions of the other two players, and especially the provocations and injustice of the unfair player, which induce a feeling of anger rated on a scale from 0 to 10 by the participant himself.
The Alliance for Albanians also assesses that the Albanian political factor in the government should not be silent about such a provocation, on the contrary, it should take political responsibility and justify participation in the government.
However, if the North takes the other path and goes ahead with another provocation involving a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), this will escalate the clashes between Pyongyang and Washington, worsening the situation.
NNA - South Korea's foreign ministry condemned North Korea's long-range missile launch Wednesday, warning the country's military provocation will only further deepen its diplomatic isolation and economic difficulties.
Lord Malcolm, who heard the appeal with Lady Paton, said: "While we can understand that for the deceased's family, it is unlikely that any sentence can be described as excessive, we are persuaded that some weight should be attached to the jury's view as to the appellant acting under provocation."
Objectives: This study aims to investigate the efficacy of transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) on low back pain relief and functional impairments and whether pain provocation during injection has an effect on pain relief in mid-term.
When North Korea held a missile test from its Sinpo submarine base Sunday, (http://ibtimes.com/war-north-korea-imminent-pence-calls-missile-test-provocation-2526039) Vice President Mike Pence said it was a "provocation," even though the experiment failed.