London — An Afghan girls robotics team, which was temporarily denied entry to the US earlier this year, has won an award at a prestigious competition in Europe. The team’s winning entry was a solar-powered robot that would help small farmers carry out tasks including seeding and cutting crops, such as wheat, Afghanistan’s embassy in London told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday. Three teenage members of the team won the Entrepreneurial Challenge at Robotex, which bills itself as "Europe’s biggest robotics festival" and took place in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from November 24 to 26. The category requires entries that involve "solving a real world problem" by a robot that "customers would want to buy". "They are an excellent example for people around the world of what can be accomplished by young Afghans if given the right support and the opportunity to excel in their education," ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad said in an e-mailed statement. "They are undeniably the future ...

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