Liu XiaoboChinese dissident Liu Xiaobo may not have the name familiarity in the West of a man such as Barack Hussein Obama, but as of today the two men now share at least one thing in common: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded them its famous Peace Prize.

When 17-year-old Thelma Diaz  showed up for work at Lolo’s Seafood restaurant on Tuesday morning, September 21, in Ascencion, Mexico, about an hour’s drive south of the New Mexico border, she had no idea that she would come close to losing her life.

The Pakistani government and the public seem to be trying their best to achieve the top ranking amongst the most corrupt countries of the world. According to 2010 perception survey conducted by the Transparency International, Pakistan stands as the seventh most corrupt of the Asian Pacific countries and as the 34th most corrupt country in the world.

China has declared that so-called “House Christians” are a cult and must be suppressed. The State Administration for Religious Affairs, which is the Communist watchdog agency in China responsible for supervising religious activity, claims 7 million members in its Three Self-Patriotic Movement (TSPM) and Pew Research estimates that there are 70 million Chinese Protestants who worship in their own home churches, ungoverned by the state. There is a similar split between state "catholicism," with about 5 million Chinese, and 12 million who follow traditional Catholic belief in the religious primacy of the Pope.

Ireland has been following the path of Greece and Spain: Increasingly more of the national economy is, effectively, mortgaged to international organizations that are keeping the financial systems of these nations from collapsing. The list of sick patients is growing. Portugal and Belgium are mentioned more and more frequently — and also Italy.