Jimmy Lai, 74, faces a possible life sentence if convicted under a national security law imposed by the ruling Communist Party on the former British colony. Chief Executive John Lee asked China’s Communist Party-controlled ceremonial legislature to decide whether foreign lawyers who didn’t normally practice in Hong Kong could be rejected for national security cases. He also faces a charge of collusion with foreign forces to endanger national security, and a separate sedition charge under a colonial-era law that is increasingly used to snuff out dissent. Jurors voted seven times Tuesday and Wednesday without being able to reach consensus on any of the three counts, the foreman said. Two jurors voted for conviction on the first count, four voted for conviction on the second count and five voted to convict on the third count.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League soccer match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool, at the City Ground, in Nottingham, England, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Liverpool’s mini-revival came to a halt with a shock 1-0 loss at relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday. But Chelsea and Manchester United continued to progress under respective managers Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. ″(It feels) as low as possible,” the Liverpool manager said. Despite his goal, City manager Pep Guardiola was critical of De Bruyne’s form.3 months ago AP News
England's Ryan Hall, right, celebrates scoring during the Rugby League World Cup group A match between England and France at the University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)England's Ryan Hall, right, celebrates scoring during the Rugby League World Cup group A match between England and France at the University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England, Saturday Oct. 22, 2022. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)BOLTON, England (AP) — England’s hopes of taking the Rugby League World Cup were endorsed by the French after they were smashed by the tournament host 42-18 on Saturday. They definitely can win the World Cup.”New Zealand underlined its credentials with a second straight group win when it thrashed Jamaica 68-6 in Hull. ADVERTISEMENTNew Zealand finishes the group stage against Ireland next week, while Jamaica completes its first World Cup against Lebanon.3 months ago AP News
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING (AP) — The twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party is a tightly choreographed event. So when former Chinese President Hu Jintao was guided off stage without explanation Saturday — as the world’s media looked on — questions spilled forth. Xi has previously gone after retired officials on corruption charges , though never one as high-ranking as Hu. The idea that it may have been more than a health issue stemmed from Hu’s somewhat ambiguous relationship with Xi, who succeeded him as party leader in 2012. ADVERTISEMENTIt was Deng who put Hu on the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee — from which China’s leaders come — at the relatively tender age of 49.3 months ago AP News
He plays a key role on every level of Los Angeles’ defense in the bespoke “Star” position, putting him in man-to-man coverage, in zone protection and in a run-stopping capacity from play to play. “I definitely still get a little reaction out of them,” Ramsey said of his teammates’ sideline celebrations of his sacks. No team has allowed fewer first downs than the Rams’ defense, which also ranks second in red-zone effectiveness. Pro Football Focus ranks the Rams’ defense third in the league this season despite having its share of the injuries that have hit Los Angeles’ roster much harder than usual. Los Angeles is tied for 20th in the league with 12 sacks, including four by Aaron Donald.3 months ago AP News
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)MIAMI (AP) — It was a deal that brought together oligarchs from some of America’s top adversaries. Prosecutors allege the company was a hub for skirting U.S. sanctions first imposed against Russian elites following the 2014 invasion of Crimea. That’s why we (are) acting from this company.”ADVERTISEMENTSerrano, not to be outdone, responded that his partner was also sanctioned. While U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan oil apply only to Americans, many foreign entities and individuals with business in the U.S. stay away from transactions involving the OPEC nation for fear of being sanctioned themselves. There was also discussion of dropping off millions in cash at a bank in Moscow, Evrofinance Mosnarbank, which is owned by PDVSA.3 months ago AP News
Drew goes into his 20th season at fifth-ranked Baylor, which has become a perennial NCAA Tournament contender is the preseason Big 12 favorite after being part of the conference’s last two regular-season titles. Drew goes into his 20th season at fifth-ranked Baylor, which has become a perennial NCAA Tournament contender is the preseason Big 12 favorite after being part of the conference’s last two regular-season titles. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)When defending its national championship last season, Baylor lost a top newcomer to an injury in the first scrimmage. Even with another restructured roster, Scott Drew goes into his 20th season as the Baylor coach with his fifth-ranked Bears the preseason Big 12 favorite. Their Big 12 opener is at Iowa State on New Year’s Eve.3 months ago AP News
That was just one of the expectations that came with hiring Beard away from Big 12 rival Texas Tech. Texas basketball feels like is has momentum after shedding the yoke of postseason flops. SHORT ON SIZETexas still lacks size and that could be a problem in the Big 12. Texas officials hope to create one of the best home court environments in the Big 12 (and eventually the SEC). The Longhorns start Big 12 play at Oklahoma on Dec. 31.3 months ago AP News