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Turkey arrests the main assistant to Gulen in Military Coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government has filed an official request with the US for it.

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Halis Hanci. Image Source: www.aksam.com.tr
  • Halis Hanci, designated as Gulen’s henchman, came to Turkey two days before the coup attempt, Xinhua reported
  • He has distributed money to Gulen, who has been living in the US since 1999
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government has filed an official request with the US for it

Ankara, July 24: Turkey has arrested the key assistant to the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who was accused of plotting the failed coup attempt, local media reported on Saturday.

Halis Hanci is the right hand of Gulen in Military Coup. Image Source: www.internethaber.com
Halis Hanci is the right hand of Gulen in Military Coup. Image Source: www.internethaber.com

Halis Hanci, designated as Gulen’s henchman, came to Turkey two days before the coup attempt, Xinhua reported.

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He has distributed money to Gulen, who has been living in the US since 1999.

Fetullah Gulen was accused of failed mIlitary Coup in Turkey. Image Source:  www.ajanshaber.com
Fetullah Gulen was accused of failed mIlitary Coup in Turkey. Image Source: www.ajanshaber.com

Turkish authorities earlier on Saturday detained Mohammet Sait Gulen, one of Gulen’s nephews, NTV reported.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeatedly demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government has filed an official request with the US for it.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan had demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government. Image Source: www.abc.net.au
Recep Tayyip Erdogan had demanded the extradition of the cleric and the government. Image Source: www.abc.net.au

The failed coup attempt, which began on July 15, was crushed the next day; at least 290 people, including more than 100 “coup plotters,” were killed, authorities said. (IANS)

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Instagram's plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear

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Facebook-owned photo messaging app Instagram has launched the beta version of its in-app shopping feature in the US that would allow over a billion users to buy products tagged in images or videos without having to leave the platform.

Called “Checkout with Instagram”, the feature would allow US users to shop from over 20 brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics and Warby Parker, without re-directing users to other websites.

“We will introduce a selling fee to help fund programmes and products that help make checkout possible, as well as offset transaction-related expenses,” TechCrunch quoted an Instagram spokesperson as saying on Tuesday.

The photo-messaging app would charge sellers making sales an undisclosed amount of fee.

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“We aren’t sharing the specific number right now. We are testing a selling fee with businesses during the closed beta. It will not change the price of the items for consumers,” the spokesperson said.

Checkout tags would appear on feed posts, Stories and Explore content from the brands in the closed beta that Instagram plans to eventually open to more businesses.

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For now, those who use Instagram’s shopping feature can pay with PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover, the report added.

Instagram’s plans on rolling out the feature globally remain unclear. (IANS)