Afghan girls' robotics team gains permission to travel to US


KABUL -- A team of Afghan girls who had been denied visas to attend a Washington robotics competition are now allowed to come, organisers said Wednesday (July 12).

US President Donald Trump reversed authorities' original rejection of the schoolgirls' visa applications after a public outcry, according to US media.

Team members told AFP they worked for six months on their robot, which they built out of low-tech, recyclable material such as bottles and boxes.

Organiser Ali Reza Mehraban of the Digital Citizen Foundation said it had been especially difficult to find girls in deeply conservative, war-torn Afghanistan whose families would allow them to take part.

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