Afghan female robotics team finally travel to U.S.

(Reuters)An all-girl Afghan robotics team arrived at Kabul airport on Thursday (July 13) to receive their U.S. visas and head to the first International Robot Olympics in Washington after they had twice been denied entry to the United States.

The reversal reportedly came at the request of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has been embroiled in controversy over his efforts to restrict immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.

A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said he could not publicly comment on individual cases, but the officials in Washington confirmed the girls had been granted an exemption that would allow them to travel.

The group of six teenage girls from the western Herat province of Afghanistan started robotics classes in January and produced their own robot within two weeks, the first ever robot ever made by an all-girl team in the war ravaged-country.

 
 
 

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