World Briefs: Judge extends block on Trump travel ban

Judge extends block on Trump travel ban

HONOLULU • A federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended an order blocking enforcement of United States President Donald Trump's revised ban on travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countries.

District Judge Derrick Watson turned an earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, in a lawsuit brought by the state of Hawaii challenging Mr Trump's travel directive as unconstitutional religious discrimination.

Mr Trump signed the new ban on March 6 in a bid to overcome legal problems with a January executive order that caused chaos at airports and sparked mass protests before a Washington judge stopped its enforcement in February.

In its challenge to the travel ban, Hawaii claims its state universities would have trouble recruiting students and faculty, and the state's economy would be hit by a decline in tourism.


Dog kills owner during BBC interview

LONDON • A man died after being savaged by his dog during an interview with a BBC documentary film crew in northern London, The Guardian reported.

The 41-year-old was at his home on March 20 when his Staffordshire bull terrier attacked, biting him in the neck.

The crew called an ambulance at around 10.30pm local time and the man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead two hours later, local police confirmed, according to the report.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe