Protesters attend a rally to support young activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow in downtown Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Hong Kong's highest court dismissed an appeal by two pro-independence lawmakers contesting their disqualification from the legislature last year Friday, effectively ruling out their return to the political fold in the Chinese-ruled city.China's parliament made a controversial interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution that effectively barred Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching from taking office. Hong Kong authorities have repeatedly denied any "political motive" in seeking to jail the trio.
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