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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Questions loom over French cathedral fires

International | Investigators say the latest blaze looks like arson
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/20/20, 01:01 pm

FRANCE: Police say arson likely caused the fire at the 15th-century cathedral in Nantes on Saturday that engulfed the Gothic structure’s interior. The fire comes just over a year after the Notre Dame blaze in Paris.

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Not all conditions met in Afghanistan agreement

International | Base closures and prisoner releases occur while Taliban attacks escalate
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/16/20, 05:07 pm

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it has closed five military bases and reduced the size of its troops stationed in the region to 8,600 as part of an agreement reached with the Taliban in February. The Afghan government, which was not a part of the talks leading to the agreement, has begun phased release of Taliban prisoners under pressure from the Trump administration.

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A closed door

Immigration | The number of Christian refugees soars as the number the United States admits dwindles
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/14/20, 03:57 pm

One worrying trend that persists in the midst of a pandemic: a refugee crisis rivaling any witnessed in modern history. An estimated 26 million people meet the formal definition of refugee, having fled their countries with a well-founded fear of persecution.

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