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Hong Kong's sweeping national security law goes into effect

Violators can be extradited to mainland and face life imprisonment

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong late Tuesday formally adopted new national security laws imposed by Beijing, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping signed the legislation, which had passed unanimously by China's top lawmaking body.

According to the legislation, which was released at 11:00 p.m. and took effect immediately, violations of the laws can result in extradition to China for trial and a maximum sentence of life in prison. Both violent and non-violent activities are covered by the new laws.

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