Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong freed on bail pending appeal

In this Aug. 17, 2017 photo, Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, right, and Nathan Law, left, speak outside the high court before a ruling on a prosecution request for stiffer sentences following a lower court decision that let them avoid prison in Hong Kong. (AP)
Updated 24 October 2017
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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong freed on bail pending appeal

HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s highest court has freed pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law on bail pending an appeal of their prison sentences after they were convicted of sparking massive protests in 2014.
The two were granted bail on Tuesday by the Court of Final Appeal, according to a post on their political party’s Facebook page.
In August, the two along with a third student leader were given prison sentences of six to eight months for unlawful assembly related to the “Umbrella Movement” protests.
They had been given more lenient, non-custodial sentences earlier but the justice secretary requested that the courts review those punishments.
The move sparked fears that authorities were undermining the semiautonomous Chinese city’s independent judiciary.


EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Donald Trump to talk trade on July 25

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EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Donald Trump to talk trade on July 25

  • European Commission president will meet US president in Washington
  • Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit US President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 to discuss strained trade ties between the two.
“President Juncker and President Trump will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership,” the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that announced the date.
Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum at the start of June and have increased with Trump’s threat that those tariffs could extend to EU cars.