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Saint-Lô (France) (AFP) - For the past decade doping has been a hot topic at the Tour de France but this year it will be taking a back seat to another form of cheating: technological fraud. EPO, CERA and blood doping were the villainous watchwords at the Tour over the last 10 years but now it is the scourge of technological doping which is creating a buzz. The idea had developed into something of an urban legend with many questioning whether the media were simply paranoid but then Belgian teenager Femke Van den Driessche was caught with a motorised bicycle at the Cyclo-cross world championships in Belgium in January and the bogeyman became real.
Almost half the people invited to join the organization that bestows the Oscars this year are women and almost as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity. The record 683 invitees include rising young stars such as John Boyega of "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson, Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander and musician Mary J. Blige the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. Of the class of 2016 -- which also includes Indian-Canadian director Deepa Mehta, Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami -- 283 are identified as international members representing 59 countries.