HONOLULU U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said at a court hearing in Hawaii on Wednesday that he will issue a written ruling about whether to halt President Donald Trump's revised travel ban before it is set to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Thursday.
The State of Hawaii challenged the ban, which was signed on March 6 and revamped an earlier, more sweeping order, arguing it discriminates against Muslims and violates the U.S. Constitution. The first ban was halted by a federal court in Seattle.
The new executive order would temporarily bar the entry of refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.
(Reporting by Dan Levine in Honolulu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
China's Xi to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover
BEIJING/HONG KONG Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1 to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the Asian financial hub from British colonial rule to the mainland, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.