Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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Pandemic centers on Europe and the U.S.

International | Travel restricted to the European Union for the next 30 days
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/16/20, 04:21 pm

GLOBAL: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a 30-day restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union, informing leaders in the Group of Seven of the travel ban in a video conference call on Monday—as Europe and the United States become the center of the

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Extremists kidnap Nigerian bishop’s wife

International | Attacks on Catholic and Protestant clergy are on the rise in the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/12/20, 08:53 pm

NIGERIA: Gunmen abducted the wife of the Anglican bishop of Bari diocese in Kano State, the latest in a string of violent attacks by Islamic extremists on Catholic and Protestant clergy and lay members in the region.

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“Putting a Band-Aid on a jugular vein”

International | War and unrest complicate battling a COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/12/20, 06:08 pm

Iran’s rapidly expanding coronavirus outbreak threatens not only Iranians but also a uniquely vulnerable population—the Middle East’s millions of refugees. 

By early March Iran’s coronavirus death toll was the second highest outside China. A surge in cases across the Middle East—including Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Gulf states—traces back to Iran. Neighboring states quickly moved to close borders and cut off travel to the country, while aid workers turned their attention to protecting the region’s victims of war and displacement.

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