China says elected Hong Kong lawmakers can't retake oaths

BEIJING - China effectively barred two elected pro-independence lawmakers from Hong Kong's legislature Monday after they deliberately misread their oaths, saying that they could not be sworn in again.

An oath that did not conform to Hong Kong's law "should be determined to be invalid, and cannot be retaken", the Communist-controlled National People's Congress in Beijing said in a rare interpretation of the semi-autonomous city's constitution.