Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
Chatter: Middle East tense before latest peace talks
Israel agrees to release Palestinian prisoners — but also approves new settlements, Egypt warns pro-Morsi protesters to clear out, a Nazi war crimes suspect dies before facing trial, and Norway's prime minister takes voters for a ride.
Chatter: The US is on high alert in Pakistan now too
The US pulls its diplomatic staff out of Lahore, Pakistan after receiving "specific threats," it's a second deadly day in Quetta, Edward Snowden's encrypted emails aren't safe, and the universe does wrong by Desmond Tutu.
Chatter: Syrian rebels claim they hit Assad's motorcade, government begs to differ
Syria's president appears unhurt despite rebels' claims they attacked his motorcade, Nairobi airport picks up the pieces after its devastating fire, Myanmar remembers one of its darkest days, and in Venezuela, thieves are after your hair.
Chatter: Yemen says it spoiled Al Qaeda's big surprise
Yemen claims to have foiled a plot to blow up oil pipelines and seize ports, Kenya's biggest airport is shut down by fire, Egypt's crisis talks fail, and the Curiosity rover is dancing with itself.
Chatter: Yemen is no country for Americans
The State Department urges all US citizens to leave Yemen immediately due to security threats, violence flares on the India-Pakistan border, another nuclear emergency is building at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and a snake attacks in Canada.
Chatter: US embassies under threat
"Terrorist chatter" prompts the US to order 19 of its embassies to stay closed, Turkey announces the verdicts in its controversial coup trial, New Zealand's dairy exports start a food poisoning scare, and the world's first test-tube hamburger is for lunch.
Chatter: Silvio Berlusconi is down, but not out
Italy's convicted former prime minister remains defiant after losing his final appeal; Zimbabwe's vote is either a "huge farce" or "free and honest," depending on who you believe; US embassies get a warning; and Vladimir Putin is no longer the biggest fish in the pond.
GlobalPost Chatter: Zimbabwe's 'farce,' Egypt tenses, and up in smoke in Montevideo?
All that, plus declassified documents reveal the scariest speech the Queen never gave.
Chatter: Zimbabwe votes
Zimbabweans go to the polls amid early accusations of fraud, newly convicted Bradley Manning waits to be sentenced, China swelters, and Kenya's endangered rhinos get some back-up — from drones.
Chatter: Prison break, the Pakistan edition
The Taliban busts out more than 200 inmates from a Pakistani jail, Egypt's Mohamed Morsi gets a visit, Bradley Manning prepares to hear the verdict on his WikiLeaking, and Londoners haven't yet mastered the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' technique.
Chatter: Bombs over Baghdad, and everywhere else
Iraq is wracked by more sectarian violence, Italy is in shock after its worst road disaster in decades, the Middle East peace process is back in, er, process, and your chance to find out what color sounds like.
Chatter: Mohamed Morsi, the spy?
Egypt's army accuses the former president of conspiracy as rival factions prepare to rally, Spain investigates its devastating train crash, a juror regrets acquitting George Zimmermann, and we present the cutest horse hybrid you'll see all day.
Chatter: Spain's train tragedy
Dozens of people are left dead by a rail disaster in Spain, China charges its former disgraced darling, Bo Xilai, the US Congress is fine with the NSA surveilling everyone, and George H.W. Bush finds a good reason to go bald.
Chatter: NSA in the hotseat, China cracks down on luxe, plus Weinergate 2
US lawmakers prepare to vote on whether to allow the NSA to continue gathering data on ordinary citizens, South Sudan's president fires his entire cabinet, and Anthony Weiner does it again.
Chatter: London's new prince, the Pope does Brazil and bad horse. Very bad.
The US tots up the cost of military intervention in Syria's civil war, the world goes crazy for Britain's new prince, the Pope hits Brazil, and McDonald's says: if you're on horseback, you're not coming in.
Chatter: Earthquake rocks northwest China
Dozens of people are dead after a powerful quake in China's Gansu province, Hezbollah is in the EU's bad books, Kate Middleton is in labor, and the world's worst-smelling flower is stinking up DC.
Chatter: Detroit goes bust
Detroit becomes the biggest municipal bankruptcy in US history, there's a war of images over the Boston bomb suspect, Russia's Alexei Navalny is free — for now, and swimming with sharks is fine, so long as they don't see you.
Chatter: Russia jails the Kremlin's enemy number 1
Russia opposition activist Alexei Navalny gets five years for charges many believe are made up, Panama calls in the UN to inspect North Korea's suspect ship, Nelson Mandela is 95, and we sympathize with big-nosed creatures everywhere.
Chatter: Cuba's North Korean missile crisis
Cuba admits shipping weapons to North Korea in secret, a court in Bangladesh sentences a leading Islamist politician to death, Syria could be the new Rwanda, and Japan just can't shift its square watermelons.
Chatter: Cairo, where protesting can kill you
Seven people are dead in Egypt's latest round of post-ouster violence, Mexico captures one of its most-wanted, someone's sailing secret weapons to North Korea, and if you think kids these days are speaking a different language — well, they just might be.
Chatter: George Zimmerman acquitted, not forgiven
Protests are held across the US after George Zimmerman is cleared of murdering Trayvon Martin, Bangladesh convicts a leading Islamist figure of 30-year-old war crimes, an American diplomat's in Egypt, and J.K. Rowling is more prolific than we thought.
Chatter: Egypt expects
Egypt is set for a day of rival protests, Edward Snowden may — or may not — be taking meetings, Ireland allows abortions that can save lives, and Italy proves that not having a house can't get you out of house arrest.
Chatter: Sergei Magnitsky is guilty, and dead
Russia convicts a dead man of tax fraud in a case that has put it at odds with the US, Egypt expects to receive American fighter jets, protesters scale one of Europe's tallest skyscrapers, and North Korea makes loving your country an art form.
Chatter: Egyptian leaders wanted
Egypt's interim prime minister wants members for his cabinet — while the police want the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, Russia draws its own conclusions about Syria, the Boston bomb suspect is due in court, and Barack Obama lets us know where he stands on broccoli.
Chatter: Egypt can't agree what comes next
The Muslim Brotherhood resists attempts to take Egypt "back to square one," a car bomb rocks Beirut, a leaked report reveals how Osama bin Laden slipped through Pakistan's fingers, and big-cat botherers better watch themselves.
Chatter: Cairo shooting leaves Egypt more divided than ever
Egypt's military and the Muslim Brotherhood trade accusations over a deadly shooting in Cairo, crash investigators try to piece together what happened aboard fateful Flight 214, the Pope prays for migrants, and Spain's deadliest festival goes pretty well, all things considered.
Chatter: Egypt's coup-de-what
Supporters of Egypt's ex-president mount protests against the army's intervention, Bolivia's neighbors join its dispute with the US, rumors fly about Mandela's health, and America does what it does best: eat hotdogs, fast.
Chatter: Egypt army's deadline looms
Egypt waits as a showdown between the government and the army comes closer with every minute, Bolivia gets entangled in the Edward Snowden spat, the Mandela family squabbles over grave matters, and Pluto's moons finally get named.
Chatter: Egypt counts down to potential coup
Egypt waits to see what an army ultimatum will bring, Edward Snowden will take asylum anywhere that'll have him — except Russia, Obama wraps up his tour of Africa, and undutiful Chinese children, beware.
Chatter: America's allies furious over NSA spying revelations
The US keeps its friends close(ly watched), Egyptian protesters issue the president an ultimatum, Arizona is struck by wildfire tragedy, and J-Lo needs a new agent.
Chatter: Egypt prepares to protest
Egypt counts down to a weekend of rival protests, the US has a new leaker to fret about, a scandal's brewing at the Vatican bank, and finally, a solution to the eternal question of how to pay for stuff in space.