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US-China tensions

US court to rule on possible block of WeChat ban Saturday

Downloads of the messaging app surge before Trump order takes effect Sunday

A group of WeChat users in the U.S. is taking the government to court Sept. 19 over President Donald Trump's executive order targeting the app. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- A federal court in San Francisco has set a hearing for 1:30 p.m. local time Saturday on whether to issue a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration's ban on WeChat, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned.

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