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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Shadow groups within shadow groups

Persecution | Iran’s jailed Christians face ordeals no U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign can reach
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/27/20, 03:00 pm

Mary Fatemeh Mohammadi joined other protesters in January who flooded Tehran’s Enghelab Street and headed to Azadi Square in the city center. For three days, thousands of Iranians braved tear gas, arrests, and sporadic gunfire in an outpouring of anger and grief following the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet. Authorities had lied and covered up the cause of the Jan. 8 crash: an Iranian soldier firing a rocket at what he mistook as an American cruise missile. 

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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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