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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Beirut ablaze again

International | As a local pastor trusts God to see his congregation through recovery efforts
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/10/20, 11:19 am

LEBANON: A massive fire broke out Thursday at Beirut’s port near the site of an explosion last month that leveled a third of the city. About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze. The Lebanese army said it is tires and oil burning and sent helicopters to help douse the blaze. Beirut residents said they were instructed to close windows due to smoke, but they feared having them shut due to the possibility of an explosion.

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Burying the lead

Europe | What’s a landmark Serbia-Kosovo deal in an election year?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/08/20, 04:53 pm

Give it to the Washington press corps that it was a Friday afternoon heading into a holiday weekend when the Trump administration announced a foreign policy breakthrough. Standing in the Oval Office on Sept. 4, President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo—two states at war for more than 20 years—announced they’d reached an agreement toward economic normalization. 

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Historic church in Turkey demolished

International | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan works to Islamize Christian sites
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/03/20, 05:48 pm

TURKEY: The Turkish Islamic Foundation destroyed the historic St. Georgios Greek Orthodox Church in Bursa on Wednesday, seven years after local officials transferred the property to the group’s control. Authorities emptied Bursa of its Greek Orthodox population a century ago, and the church became a mosque in the 1920s.

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