October 9, 2012 German Catholics are facing a stark choice: Pay a church tax or forget about receiving the sacraments, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. Germany taxes registered Catholics, Protestants and Jews. In 2011, the tax raised $6.5 billion for the Catholic Church alone. Many progressives and conservatives are up in arms over the German bishops' decree.
October 9, 2012 Malala Yousufzai kept a diary and detailed the Taliban's actions. After it was featured on the BBC, she became a national figure. Now, the Taliban say they're behind her wounding and that they'll try again to kill her if given the chance.
October 9, 2012 When she rose to address the opposition leader this week, Australia's leader tore into him.
October 9, 2012 International Monetary Fund economists also warn that things could get even worse if European leaders don't finally get the euro crisis under control and if U.S. lawmakers let the federal government go over its "fiscal cliff."
October 9, 2012 Heriberto Lazcano, "The Executioner," was reportedly killed Sunday in a battle with Mexican marines. Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, known as "Squirrel," was captured hours earlier.