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Other countries role suspected in coup attempt: Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that other countries might be involved in July 15 coup attempt.

“There might be other countries involved in the coup attempt. Judicial process will reveal it,” Xinhua news agency quoted Erdogan as saying on Wednesday.

Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric based in the US, and his people were behind Friday’s coup attempt, Erdogan said.

The Turkish president said he was informed about the attempt first by his brother-in-law and his initial reaction was disbelief.

He admitted that there was intelligence weakness. “If there were accurate intelligence they could prevent the attempt,” Erdogan said.

They had a list of suspects of possible Gulen movement members. They could not act due to restrictions of law, but their connections were revealed during interrogations, he said.

Elaborating on a huge number of detentions and purge in state institutions, he said every step was taken within the law.

Erdogan said the government has sent request to the US for extradition of Gulen. “I hope they will take a step as soon as possible,” he added.

“We have collected many documents. Many are detained. But we are yet to finish. I don’t think vanquishing this coup attempt has reached an end. They might have different plans for the next period,” the president said.

Erdogan also said there could be a link between Gulen movement and the pilots who shot down Russian jet in November last year.

Erdogan said he would approve if the parliament passes the death penalty law.

“The world is not only with the EU, and countries like the US, Russia and China all have death penalty … It is the Turkish people’s call and the parliament’s right to decide whether to pass the law of death penalty,” Erdogan said.

Since the coup failed on last Saturday, over 9,000 people have been arrested facing court decisions, according to the president.

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H1B workers in crosshairs of US lawsuit against Facebook

“These U.S. workers were denied an opportunity to be considered for the jobs Facebook sought to channel to temporary visa holders,” it said.

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New York: H1B workers find themselves in the crosshairs of a new US Justice Department lawsuit against Facebook alleging that the giant social media platform discriminated against American workers and favoured foreign workers to fill more than 2,600 jobs with an average salary of approximately $156,000.

Facebook, according to the lawsuit, sponsored the temporary visa holders for “green cards” authorizing them to work permanently. The case is the result of a “nearly two-year investigation”, the Justice Department said in a December 3 statement.

The US Justice Department claims that during the period of investigation, “Facebook received zero or one U.S. worker applicants for 99.7 percent of its PERM positions, while comparable positions at Facebook that were advertised on its careers website during a similar time period typically attracted 100 or more applicants each.”

“These U.S. workers were denied an opportunity to be considered for the jobs Facebook sought to channel to temporary visa holders,” it said.

The case comes smack in the middle of the Donald Trump presidency’s lame duck priod. H1B visa workers who spoke with IANS on background are shrugging off the latest development as another sample of the Trump administration “howling at the wind”, trying to discredit legal immigrants on its way out the door.

The Joe Biden administration takes over in January next year.

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Azerbaijan says 2,783 soldiers killed in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

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Azerbaijan said Thursday that nearly 2,800 of its soldiers were killed in recent fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, the first details it has released of military losses in weeks of clashes with Armenian forces.

The defence ministry in Baku said in a statement that “2,783 servicemen of the Azerbaijani armed forces were killed in the patriotic war,” adding that 100 more soldiers were missing.

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Criminal networks could try to sell fake COVID vaccines physically and on internet, warns Interpol

The Interpol has asked police organisations to ensure “the safety of the supply chain” and said “identifying illicit websites selling fake products will be essential”.

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New Delhi, December 3: The Interpol has warned law enforcement agencies across the globe that organised criminal networks could try to advertise and sell fake COVID-19 vaccines physically and on the internet.

In an Orange notice issued to all 194 member countries on Wednesday, the Lyon-based international police cooperation body warned agencies to prepare for potential criminal activity in relation to “the falsification, theft and illegal advertising of COVID-19 and flu vaccines”.

“It also includes examples of crimes where individuals have been advertising, selling and administering fake vaccines,” a statement from the Interpol said.

The Interpol issues an Orange notice to warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety.

The CBI, which is the national central bureau for India, is tasked with coordination with the Interpol.

The warning came on the day the UK became the first Western nation to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, vaulting past the US and the European Union in the race to approve a vaccine.

The Interpol has asked police organisations to ensure “the safety of the supply chain” and said “identifying illicit websites selling fake products will be essential”.

“Criminal networks will also be targeting unsuspecting members of the public via fake websites and false cures, which could pose a significant risk to their health, even their lives,” Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said in a statement.

“It is essential that law enforcement is as prepared as possible for what will be an onslaught of all types of criminal activity linked to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is why INTERPOL has issued this global warning,” the official said.

The Interpol cybercrime unit has analysed that of 3,000 websites associated with online pharmacies suspected of selling illicit medicines and medical devices, around 1,700 contained cyber threats, especially phishing and spamming malware making such operators even more potent of causing financial and health harms.

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