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‘Clock boy’ Ahmed changing school

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The week started pretty terribly for Texas high school student Ahmed Mohamed. On Monday, the teen, who is Muslim, brought to school a clock that he was proud to have made on his own and was arrested for what police initially — and falsely — said was a hoax bomb.

But by mid-week, his face and name were splashed across traditional and social media, and he’d received thousands of tweets and Facebook posts of encouragement. President Barack Obama invited him to the White House and praised his love of science. Leaders at Reddit and Twitter offered him internships. Google executives said they were reserving Ahmed a spot at their weekend science fair and MIT asked him to visit the campus.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg invited him to visit the company’s headquarters, posting, “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.”

The hashtags #IStandWithAhmed and #EngineersForAhmed garnered hundreds of thousands of posts and tweets.

By Thursday, more details of the 14-year-old’s arrest in Irving, Texas, came to light.

In an interview late Wednesday with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Ahmed said he was pulled out of class at MacArthur High School by his principal and five police officers and taken to a room where he was questioned for about an hour and a half.

He said he asked the adults if he could call his parents.

“They told me ‘No, you can’t call your parents,'” Ahmed said. “‘You’re in the middle of an interrogation at the moment.’ They asked me a couple of times, ‘Is it a bomb?’ and I answered a couple of times, ‘It’s a clock.'”

“I felt like I was a criminal,” the teenager said. “I felt like I was a terrorist. I felt like all the names I was called.”

Hayes asked what he meant.

In middle school, Ahmed said, he had been called “bombmaker” and a “terrorist.”

“Just because of my race and my religion,” he said, adding that when he walked into the room where he was questioned, an officer reclined in a chair and remarked, “That’s who I thought it was.”

“I took it to mean he was pointing at me for what I am, my race,” the freshman explained.

Ahmed is not going back to MacArthur — he’s transferring to another school, said family spokesperson Omair Siddiqi of the Dallas-Forth Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a non-profit advocacy organization that has been helping the family handle media calls.

‘Scared but happy now’

Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who immigrated to the United States from Sudan, believes that his son was targeted because of his brown skin color and his religion.

The teen has never been in trouble, Mohamed told CNN. “My son’s name is Mohamed — people just think Muslims are terrorists but we are peaceful, we are not that way,” he said.

He was furious that the school didn’t contact him right away to tell him his son had been arrested. Instead, he first learned of what happened when police called him.

Mohamed said he rushed to the station and saw his son “surrounded by five police and he was handcuffed.”

The school later suspended Ahmed for three days, his father said.

Mohamed said his son was at first embarrassed by what happened, but then was lifted and emboldened by the widespread support he has received.

Ahmed also appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

“I was scared at the moment, but now I feel really happy,” he said. “I’m getting all this support from all over the world. And the support isn’t just for me but for everyone who has been through this. I will fight for you if you can’t stand up for yourself.”

He said he was most excited to hear from MIT. “I dream of going there,” he said.

And he’s thrilled to go to the White House.

“I hope to see him soon,” Ahmed said of Obama.

Whether the clock goes with him depends on Irving police. Late Wednesday, they were still holding the device as evidence.

Asked what his plans for the future are, he told GMA, “That clock was part of my future.”

Mayor defend police, school

Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne defended the school district and police.

“I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat,” she said in a statement. They all followed procedures, she said.

Van Duyne has had controversial interactions with Irving’s Muslim community, most notably when she supported a resolution that would prohibit “foreign law,” including Islamic or sharia law, CNN affiliate KTVT reported.

A spokeswoman for the Irving Independent School District said that the way the teen’s experience has been described in media reports is “unbalanced.”

She declined to explain why, citing the need to protect a student’s privacy, but said more details would be revealed if the family gives written permission to discuss the incident.

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Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced…lol

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Remember the British couple caught having sex on the counter of Dominos Pizza shop some months ago? Well, they went on trial this week for breaking local public decency laws.

 

The woman is a bartender named Daniella Hirst and her boyfriend is Craig Smith. They were found guilty in court yesterday and sentenced to a fine and community service. They will not serve any jail time.

Remember the freak couple caught having sex on the counter at Dominos Pizza shop? They have been sentenced...lol

 

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President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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President Buhari, his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari and daughter Halima joined President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan in a group photo during the Official Working Visit at the Presidential Palace Ankara Turkey today October 19th.  President Buhari joined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey also met Nigerian Footballer William Ekong who resides in Turkey.  President Buhari and his wife Mrs AIsha Buhari with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accompanied by his wife Mrs Ermine Erdogan joined by Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Ismail Karahman during a Luncheon hosted in honor of President Buhari. See more photos below

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

Photos: President Buhari, wife Aisha and daughter Hanan meet Turkish president and his wife

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Donald Trump is a “foul-mouthed man who pretends to be an idiot” – Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah

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Reacting to US President, Donald Trump’s intention to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has described Trump as “foul-mouthed” and someone who “pretends to be an idiot.”

 

He spoke before a group of what was described by his office as “hundreds of young elites and outstanding scientific talents” saying that the European opposition to Trump’s decision was “good, but not enough.”

 

“The Europeans must stand up against the US measures including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress,” he said.

 

Khamenei told his audience that he didn’t want to spend his time commenting on Trump saying “it would be a waste of time to respond to such blatherings and nonsensical remarks by the foul-mouthed US President who pretends to be an idiot, but this should not cause us to let our guard down. They want to take back young, faithful and developed Iran to 50 years ago, and of course this is not possible, but due to backwardness, they are incapable of understanding this reality, and for this reason they have made a miscalculation and suffered, and will suffer successive defeats at the hands of the Iranian nation,” he said.

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