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Texas Teen Arrested Over Clock Moving to Qatar

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Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Oct. 19, 2015, in Washington.

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after a homemade clock he brought to school was mistaken for a bomb, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, Oct. 19, 2015, in Washington.

The Texas teen arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb is moving to Qatar, according to his family.

Ahmed Mohamed's family released a statement Tuesday saying they had accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to pay for his secondary and undergraduate education in the capital, Doha.

The statement said the family has been "overwhelmed by the many offers of support."

The 14-year-old recently visited the country as part of a whirlwind month that included a Monday visit to the White House, where he joined students, scientists, astronauts and celebrities for Astronomy Night.

Sudanese state radio reported that his father, a Sudanese emigrant, also took him to meet Sudan President Omar al-Bashir.

Mohamed's September 14 arrest set off protests, with people saying he had been detained because he is Muslim. Charges against Mohamed were never filed and local police say they are reviewing their actions in the case.

Mohamed says he brought in a home-made clock to impress a teacher at his Dallas, Texas area high school.

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