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.


US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

Airman 1st Class Italia Sampson closes a vehicle holding a transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. James A. Slape at Dover Air Force Base, Del., on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP)
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US general shot in last week’s Taliban attack

  • Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has confirmed that US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was shot in a Taliban attack that killed two Afghan leaders in Kandahar province last week.
US military spokesman Cmdr. Grant W. Neeley provided no other details. The Washington Post reported earlier Sunday that Smiley was recovering after suffering at least one gunshot wound while he was inside the Kandahar governor’s compound.
The Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials Thursday in an attack on a security conference attended by the top US military commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. He escaped injury.
Smiley was assigned in the summer to lead a Kandahar-based command with a mission to train and advise Afghan security forces and help with counterterrorism operations in southern Afghanistan.