Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Night of remembrance

Persecution | An Episcopal church in Manhattan offers prayers for Asia Bibi at a service for persecuted Christians
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/04/18, 05:30 pm

A New York moment: 

Last Wednesday churches around the world lit up red in solidarity with persecuted Christians, an event called Red Wednesday. Here in New York the only church I found that marked the day was Calvary-St. George, an Episcopal church. Calvary-St. George’s music director, Kamel Boutros, comes from an often-persecuted group in Egypt, the Copts. 

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A rivalry is born

Sports | After a fierce battle with an American challenger, Magnus Carlsen retains his World Chess Champion title
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/03/18, 04:08 pm

Twenty-six-year old Fabiano Caruana, born in Brooklyn, used to play chess at Manhattan's Marshall Chess Club when he was so little that the club stacked books on a chair for him to reach the table. Grown men remembered losing to the then-8-year-old boy.

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Prime subsidies

New York | Local outrage over the Amazon deal in New York, and scientific delight over termite pyramids in Brazil
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/21/18, 12:17 pm

A New York moment:

All the buzz in New York at the moment concerns the new Amazon headquarters coming here with a promise of about 25,000 jobs. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Gov. Andrew Cuomo, typically archenemies, showed a united front supporting the deal. But they seemed surprised by the level of anger from the community about it—people who feel the transit system is already overloaded, who don’t like how much money taxpayers will shell out for the deal, or who just don’t like Amazon. 

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