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    White House appeals to Supreme Court over travel ban

    The White House has asked the US Supreme Court to allow President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban to take full effect.
    It comes after a California appeals court ruled last week that only parts of it could be enacted.
    The Supreme Court appeal argued that the latest travel ban differed from previous orders and is based on “national-security and foreign-affairs objectives, rather than religious animus”.
    Mr Trump’s ban was announced on 24 September and replaced two previous versions that had been blocked by federal courts.
    The latest version forbids citizens of seven countries from travelling to the United States – Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iran, Somalia, North Korea and Chad.
    Mr Trump issued his first travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries in January, just a week after he took office.
    He then issued a revised one after the first was blocked by the courts.
    The second one expired in September after a long court fight and was replaced with another revised version.
    Mr Trump has said the travel ban is needed to protect the US from attacks by Islamist militants.
    As a candidate, Mr Trump promised “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”.
    Critics of the travel ban in its various iterations call it a “Muslim ban” that violates the US Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion.

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