Erdogan faces uphill bid to woo Turkey’s large Alevi minority

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Ali Erdem leads his Alevi community each week in a ceremony filled with symbolic ritual, music and dance, performing in a place of worship that has been thrust into political debate ahead of Turkish elections due by 2023. As a musician plays the lute-like saz and worshippers in red sashes dance in a circle to experience union with God, Erdem recites prayers and tales of persecution that Alevis, Turkey’s largest religious minority, have faced in Turkish history. With pre-election polls showing dwindling support for his long-ruling AK Party (AKP), President Tayyip Erdogan recently sent represent…

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EU ministers discuss Covid travel pass updates, vaccine hesitancy

Published by DPA German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth said on Tuesday that the EU Covid-19 travel pass must be updated to show the up-to-date validity of the holder’s vaccination status. Speaking at an EU ministers’ meeting in Brussels, Roth said it was of the “utmost importance” that EU leaders take action to

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Democrats charged over Tiananmen Massacre vigil not entitled to challenge police ban on event, says Hong Kong prosecutor

Published by Hong Kong Free Press Three Hong Kong democrats who deny involvement in last year’s banned Tiananmen Massacre vigil were not entitled to challenge the police ban on the event, which was justified on health grounds, a prosecutor told a court as their trial entered its final stages. Pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, vice-chairperson

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Mike Bianchi: Florida should keep Dan Mullen — unless it can make home-run hire like Bob Stoops

Published by Orlando Sentinel Dan Mullen is done. It just hasn’t been announced yet. I believe Florida Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin has already made the decision to fire his head coach. Understandably, Stricklin likely won’t announce Mullen’s departure this week because the Gators still have next Saturday’s Bowl Eligibility Playoff against Florida State but

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Georgia moves up to No. 2 in both college football polls

Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATHENS, Ga. — On the heels of Saturday’s 10-3 win over then-No. 3-ranked Clemson, the Georgia Bulldogs moved up in the No. 2 in both the coaches’ and writers’ polls on Tuesday. The coaches moved up the Bulldogs (1-0) from No. 5 in the Week 1 poll. Clemson (0-1) fell

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Augsburg fight back to claim crucial win over Stuttgart

Published by DPA A thrilling comeback gave Augsburg a deserved 4-1 home win over VfB Stuttgart on Sunday to ease their relegation worries even though they remain in the Bundesliga bottom three. Reece Oxford headed a 30th minute equalizer from a corner after Chris Fuehrich had opened the scoring for the guests early on. Captain

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