Texas teen arrested over clock is moving to Qatar with his family

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Ahmed Mohamed and His Family Are Leaving America

The Texas boy arrested for bringing to school a homemade clock that was mistaken for a bomb is moving to Qatar, his family said on Tuesday, a few hours after he was at the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, a bespectacled ninth-grader who became an Internet sensation for an arrest that supporters said was influenced by bias against his Muslim religion, has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study at its Young Innovators Program.

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"This means, that we, as a family, will relocate to Qatar where Ahmed will receive a full scholarship for secondary and undergraduate education," his family said in a statement.

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President Barack Obama, right, looks up at the moon as he talks with Agatha Sofia Alvarez-Bareiro, left, a high school senior from the Brooklyn borough of New York as Obama prepares to look at the moon at the second-ever White House Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The event brings together students, teachers, astronomers, engineers, scientists, and space enthusiasts for an evening of stargazing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama, right, shares a laugh with Agatha Sofia Alvarez-Bareiro, a high school senior from the Brooklyn borough of New York as Obama prepares to look at the moon at the second White House Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. The event brings together students, teachers, astronomers, engineers, scientists, and space enthusiasts for an evening of stargazing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: In and effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the White House hosts its second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama hosted 300 scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students for some stargazing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Irving, Texas student Ahmed Mohamed (R) is seen during the second White House Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House on October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Mohamed was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school in September. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while standing next to an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) during the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted 300 scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students for some stargazing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: Ahmed Mohamed (C), 14, of Irving, Texas, and his family attend the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Mohamed was handcuffed and questioned by police last month when he brought a homemade electronic clock to class at MacArthur High School and officials mistook it for a bomb. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) talks with 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed (L) during the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Invited to the White House for the science event, Mohamed was handcuffed and questioned by police last month when he brought a homemade electronic clock to class at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, and officials mistook it for a bomb. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: Former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld (L) poses for a selfie with Ahmed Mohamed during the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was handcuffed and questioned by police last month when he brought a homemade electronic clock to class at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, and officials mistook it for a bomb. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: In and effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks while standing next to an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) during the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted 300 scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students for an evening of stargazing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: In and effort to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, the White House hosts its second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama hosted 300 scientists, engineers, astronauts, teachers and students for some stargazing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 7: In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama looks through a telescope during an Astronomy Night event on the South Lawn of the White House October 7, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy/The White House via Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed (L), a 14-year-old high school student who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to his Irving, Texas high school to show his teachers and was later accused of having a 'hoax bomb', stands with his uncle Aldean Mohamed (R) during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 20, 2015. Ahmeds detention played into national debates about Islam, immigration and ethnicity. Ahmed visited the White House Monday evening following a personal invitation from President Barack Obama. Ahmed, 14, attended the White House's Astronomy Night, along with other students, teachers, scientists and astronauts. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed (C), a 14-year-old high school student who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to his Irving, Texas high school to show his teachers and was later accused of having a 'hoax bomb', stands with his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed (L), uncle Aldean Mohamed (R) and their family lawyer Ron Price (2nd R) after a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 20, 2015. Ahmeds detention played into national debates about Islam, immigration and ethnicity. Ahmed visited the White House Monday evening following a personal invitation from President Barack Obama. Ahmed, 14, attended the White House's Astronomy Night, along with other students, teachers, scientists and astronauts. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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The teenager, who dabbles in robotics and had attended a Dallas-area high school, has basked in celebrity status since his arrest in September. The family has been traveling the globe to meet dignitaries.

Sudanese state radio reported that his father took him to meet Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. The Sudanese leader is accused by the International Criminal Court of masterminding genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during Sudan's Darfur conflict.

After Mohamed was seen in a NASA T-shirt in handcuffs, the Twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed trended globally and was cited in praise from Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who said: "Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest."

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No charges were filed and police in the Dallas suburb of Irving said in September they were reviewing their actions in the case..

At the time of the arrest, Obama's Twitter feed had a message of support for Mohammed, which read: "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

"It was amazing, and a honor meeting President Obama," Mohamed said on Twitter after meeting Obama.

(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Ahmed Mohamed, 14, gestures as he arrives to his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Ahmed Mohamed (2-L), a 14-year-old Sudanese Muslim teenager from the United States who became an overnight sensation after a Texas teacher mistook his homemade clock for a bomb, looks on during an interview in the capital Khartoum on October 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ASHRAF SHAZLY (Photo credit should read ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Student Ahmed Mohamed (L) and National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knell attend the Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y on September 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Global Goals)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and Sare Davutoglu (L) take a selfie with 14-year-old Muslim boy Ahmed Mohamed (C) arrested for bringing a homemade clock what school officials and police described as a hoax bomb on campus in New York on September 26, 2015. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, talks on a cell phone outside his family's home in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed was arrested Monday at his school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. He remains suspended and said he will not return to classes at MacArthur High School. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Ahmed Mohamed, a Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, explains his clock at his house in Irving, Texas on September 17, 2015. A Texas Muslim teen arrested after taking his homemade clock to school, on Wednesday accepted an invitation by President Barack Obama to show off his invention at the White House. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is comforted by his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, as they attend a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed stands with his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
Ahmed Mohamed, 14, right, waves to the media from the front door of his house as his sister, Eyman Mohamed, looks on before a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, surrounded by his family, speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: 14-year-old Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed is greeted by a supporter during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Attorney Linda Moreno, Ahmed Ahmed Mohamed, and Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed address the media during a news conference on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed, 14, was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed, 14, poses for a photo at his home in Irving, Texas on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Mohamed was arrested and interrogated by Irving Police officers on Monday after bringing a homemade clock to school. Police don't believe the device is dangerous, but say it could be mistaken for a fake explosive. He was suspended from school for three days, but he has not been charged. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP) 
Ahmed's sister told me to post this. Yes this situation is real for those questioning. http://t.co/Oxd0JxUS6O
This photo provided by the Irving Police Department shows the homemade clock that Ahmed Mohamed brought to school, Wednesday, Sept.16, 2015, in Irving. Police detained the 14-year-old Muslim boy after a teacher at MacArthur High School decided that the homemade clock he brought to class looked like a bomb, according to school and police officials. The family of Ahmed Mohamed said the boy was suspended for three days from the school in the Dallas suburb. (Irving Police via AP)
IRVING, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Israa Abdellah, 17, a student at Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving, Texas, holds a sign in support of Ahmed Ahmed Mohammed on September 16, 2015 in Irving, Texas. Mohammed was detained after a high school teacher falsely concluded that a homemade clock he brought to class might be a bomb. The news converence, held outside the Mohammed family home, was hosted by the North Texas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)
A sign lights up as a student stands by before classes star at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested at the school after a teacher thought a homemade clock he built was a bomb. The student remains suspended from attending classes today and it is unsure if he will return. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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