Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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Iran faces epidemic

International | The coronavirus continues to spread worldwide
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/27/20, 02:17 pm

GLOBAL: The spread of the coronavirus causing the disease COVID-19 has killed at least 2,800 people and left more than 82,000 people infected on every continent except Antarctica. For those who already have been quarantined, the story isn’t over.

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‘Pandemic potential’

International | WHO official says the spread of the coronavirus from one country to another cannot be stopped
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/24/20, 04:51 pm

CHINA: “There is no zero risk,” said Michael Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme about the coronavirus at a news conference Monday morning. “It is not possible to stop this virus spreading from one country to the next.” WHO officials said they are not prepared to declare the virus a pandemic but it has “pandemic potential.” For now, focus is on “coherent, coordinated management across borders and between countries.”

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U.S. favorite declared winner in Afghanistan

International | President Ashraf Ghani has supported American negotiations with the Taliban
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/20/20, 06:10 pm

AFGHANISTAN: Ashraf Ghani has narrowly won a contested election, officials announced after a five-month dispute over the vote. Ghani, clearly the U.S. favorite as it tries to conclude a peace agreement with the Taliban, won a second term by securing only 50.64 percent of the vote, and his rival Abdullah Abdullah says he may form his own government.

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