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The Supreme Court Has Allowed Trump to Fully Enforce the 'Muslim Ban'

Three African countries, Chad, Libya and Somalia, will be implicated in this decision.

In the wake of President Trump adding Chad to his proposed travel ban back in September, the Supreme Court has voted to allow his administration to fully enforce it, AP reports.


The justices had two dissenting votes, and said that the policy "can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts." This action implies the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced.

The ban applies to six mostly Muslim countries and includes three African countries: Chad, Libya and Somalia. Syria and Yemen are the other countries under the ban.

Lower courts have said people from those countries with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone from the U.S. could not be kept out of the country, like grandparents, cousins and other relatives. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would've left the lower court orders in place.

The 9th and 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week, and both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, AP says.

Here are more reasons why this version of the ban has been harder to fight in court:

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Black Motion, Blxckie x Nasty C and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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