Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

S. Korea President Lee Myung-bak (AP/Yonhap, Bae Jae-man)

Defying a dictator

International | With burgeoning support from South Korea, defectors decry human rights abuses in North Korea
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/29/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-Under umbrellas shading them from the baking sun, Koreans gathered Tuesday in front of the U.S. Capitol with a new energy in the fight for human rights in North Korea-the vocal support of South Korea.

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Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi (AP/Photo by Evan Vucci)

$3.5 trillion later

Congress | The House and Senate pass a budget that relies on heavy borrowing and opens the door for massive health care reform
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/29/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON-The House and Senate passed a $3.5 trillion federal budget Wednesday, hailed by Democrats as a step forward for President Obama's agenda and denounced by Republicans as an unprecedented expansion of government spending and the deficit, which will grow by $1.2 trillion this year. In a rare showing of solidarity, no Republicans in either the House or Senate voted for the final budget.

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James Allen Walker for WORLD

Garbage collectors

Environment | Where most people simply see trash, some see renewable energy-or even dinner
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/25/09, 12:00 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Brent Dieleman likes to talk about a facility near Washington, D.C., that burns trash, which heats water for steam to turn turbines to make electricity. There are only 87 such facilities in the United States, and none has been built in the last 15 years. Covanta Energy's trash-to-energy plant in Fairfax, Va., outside Washington processes 3,000 tons of garbage every day, producing enough energy to power 75,000 homes.

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