The two Reuters journalists were convicted of violating the country's Official Secrets Act during their reporting on the country's crackdown against Rohingya Muslims.
Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were jailed in August last year for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement mass pro-democracy protests, after Hong Kong's government pushed for harsher sentences.
The headless torso of a woman found floating at sea is that of a Swedish journalist who authorities believe died aboard a Danish inventor's home-made submarine.
Police say they are preparing to search a sunken submarine, owned by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with the inadvertent manslaughter of a journalist.
The case transferred to high court as the lower court had no jurisdiction to hear the murder case.
German police and prison officers are under pressure after heavy criticism over failing to prevent the suspected plotter's suicide while in custody.
Defence lawyer Ahmed Helmy says those sentenced will appeal as there is no evidence of guilt.
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