Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously reported for the The New York Daily News, The Indianapolis Star, and Philanthropy magazine. Emily resides in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Worldwide religious liberty

Religion | Although a State Department report found greater overall freedom, several countries bear watching
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/23/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The State Department released its annual religious freedom report Friday, finding overall greater religious liberties around the world. The report indicated that countries imposed fewer travel restrictions on religious groups and permitted more building repairs and church attendance.

But all is not well in places like Vietnam and Jordan.

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"Quickly and cleanly"

Money | The Bush administration presses the Senate on the urgency for its $700 billion financial bailout plan
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/23/08, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Before a committee of senators from both parties, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to explain how the financial markets toppled and why the $700 billion bailout plan would steady them.

"We need to enact this bill quickly and cleanly," said Paulson at the Senate Banking Committee hearing Tuesday morning, reiterating President Bush's call for immediate action.

But before he spoke, senators from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism.

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Class reunion

Campaign 2008 | John McCain took time out from campaigning to join his Naval Academy classmates for their 50th reunion
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/20/08, 12:00 am

ANNAPOLIS, MD.-Cruising in an eight-car motorcade, Sen. John McCain rolled into Annapolis, Md., Saturday for the Navy-Rutgers football game. His Secret Service agents fanned out as the Republican presidential candidate said hello to his old Navy buddies. This visit, however, wasn't scheduled as a campaign stop, officially-he was there to tailgate.

And to join his Naval Academy classmates for their 50th reunion.

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