Doha opens Labor City for 70,000

Updated 02 November 2015
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Doha opens Labor City for 70,000

DOHA: : Qatar officially opened the country’s biggest workers’ accommodation camp on Sunday, with enough space to house almost 70,000 laborers.
“Labor City” which also contains two police stations, Qatar’s second largest mosque and cost some $825 million to build, will house 68,640 workers when it reaches full capacity.
It was unveiled by Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani and the Labor Minister Abdullah Al-Khulaifi in a ceremony in the capital Doha.
The site is currently around 60 percent full and houses workers from various countries including Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Mohammed Al-Maraghi, a manager with the Naaas Group, which is overseeing the site, said “Labor City” was the “model” for other camps and bigger sites may follow.
Each room at Labor City should accommodate no more than four workers and daily inspections will be carried out to ensure that number is not breached, officials said Sunday.


Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

Updated 16 December 2018
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Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA: US President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a US-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
“In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing (Fethullah) Gulen and other people,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said, referring to the G20 summit where the leaders met two weeks ago.
Turkey has long sought the extradition of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed US exile for nearly two decades. A former ally of Erdogan, he is blamed by Turkish authorities for the failed coup when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and helicopters, attacked parliament and shot unarmed civilians.
Gulen denies any involvement in the failed putsch.
Erdogan said last week Turkey would start new initiatives abroad to target the financing of Gulen supporters.
“I have recently seen a credible probe by the FBI on how the Gulen organization avoids taxes,” Cavusoglu told a conference in Doha.