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Chatter: Final scramble for votes in US swing states
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have just a few more hours to convince US voters before tomorrow's election, fatal bombings hit Bahrain, and scientists find a way to turn heartbeats into electrical power.
Romney wants "good relations" with Moscow
Reports say the candidate's son Matt Romney brought a good-will message to America's "number-one geopolitical foe."
Chatter: Syrian rebels accused of war crimes over 'execution' video
A gory video could be evidence of atrocities by Syrian rebels, the latest US jobs report brings good news, and North Korea's "Hotel of Doom" will finally open next year. Maybe.
Chatter: Post-Sandy, US presidential candidates get back to campaigning
Sandy's gone - but is the storm over for the US election, Halloween parties go bad, and Kim Dotcom has a new file-sharing service that hopes to evade the Feds - LOL!!!
Chatter: 'Super-storm' Sandy devastates eastern US
New York and the surrounding area are disaster zones in the wake of deadly storm Sandy, UBS fires thousands of investment bankers, and it just got a teeny bit easier to fly on the world's worst airline.
Chatter: Hurricane Sandy shuts down US East Coast
Batten down the hatches, eastern seaboard - there's a super-storm a-coming, nobody's pretending Syria's under ceasefire any more, and Paul McCartney wishes everyone would stop blam
Ukraine flounders as apathetic voters head to the polls
The country’s authoritarian-leaning president may be unpopular, but his party is set to win parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Chatter: Suicide bomber kills dozens at Afghanistan mosque
Day one of Eid is marred by violence in Afghanistan and Syria, the New York Times makes powerful enemies in China, and some people need to learn that "password" is not a password.
Chatter: Deadly Hurricane Sandy strikes Jamaica, Cuba
Hurricane Sandy spreads life-threatening rains and winds across the Caribbean, Syria may or may not have a ceasefire, and the UK exits recession - for now.
Chatter: Syria defies expectations, agrees to Eid ceasefire
The Syrian government and rebels promise a truce over the Eid holiday, hostilities flare between Israel and Gaza, and there's something unexpected in Italy's air.
Chatter: Presidential debates end, presidential race continues
The final debate leaves US voters unmoved, the Gaza Strip gets a rare foreign visitor, and Britain's beloved BBC is forced to confront a devastating sex scandal.
Russian opposition forms a shadow government
But the Kremlin's new control over the oil industry makes Vladimir Putin more powerful than ever.
Chatter: Lebanon rocked by car bomb aftermath
Clashes break out in Lebanon following the bombing that killed a senior security official, the world is watching as US presidential candidates prepare to debate foreign policy, and Fidel Castro isn't dead, you hear?
Chatter: Malala Yousafzai is awake and back on her feet
The Taliban's teenage victim is standing again after a bullet to the head, the UN Security Council gets a controversial new member, and Kim Jong Un's nephew is surprisingly not weird.
Chatter: Greek workers strike as EU leaders meet in Brussels
Protesters take to Athens streets (again) as European leaders meet for a two-day summit, Chinese economic growth slows for a seventh straight quarter, and Zimbabwe's latest tourist attraction.
Chatter: Obama comes out swinging in round two
Barack Obama picks up his game for the second presidential debate, Rwanda is accused of commanding its next-door neighbor's rebellion, and Australia's PM rewrites the dictionary on sexism.
Chatter: Hillary Clinton takes the rap for Libya embassy deaths
Hillary Clinton falls on her sword, Radovan Karadzic denies Bosnian war crimes, and Ban Ki-moon is saving the world, Gangnam Style.
Chatter: Malala sent to UK to recover from Taliban shooting
Pakistan's badly injured teenage activist is sent to a British hospital, Cambodia loses one of its icons, and Felix Baumgartner breaks many records but thankfully no limbs.
Turkey and Russia spar over Syria
Two regional powers are butting heads amid fears of a regional conflict.
Chatter: The EU wins the Nobel Peace Prize (yes really)
We're serious - the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, Biden and Ryan brought it to the VP debate, and the world remembers the Bali bombings.
Russia plays old game over Syria
Moscow’s outrage over Turkey’s interception of a plane bound for Syria fans flames at an especially dangerous time.
Chatter: US embassy security officer shot dead in Yemen
Gunmen target the head of security for the US embassy in Yemen, there's a mystery over the contents of a Syrian jet, and the Nobel Prize for Literature goes to...
Putin squeezes opposition ever harder
Once seen as a critical test for the opposition, regional elections this weekend are now viewed as irrelevant.
Chatter: Pakistan's teenage activist lives to fight another day
A 14-year-old girl survives being shot by the Pakistan Taliban, one of the Pussy Riot trio goes free, and the internet needs a lesson in Latino history.
Chatter: Ms Merkel goes to Athens
Protesters await the German chancellor's arrival in Greece, Mexico claims a major victory in its war on drugs, and some loon prepares to show us what happens to the human body when it plummets to earth from space.
Chatter: Hugo Chavez is Venezuela's president, still
Venezuela's president gets six more years in office, the US labels Chinese firms a security risk, and Nobel Prize season is officially here.
Chatter: Mitt Romney "completely wrong" about the 47 percent
Mitt Romney admits to being "completely wrong" about 47 percent of US voters, the UN Security Council says violence in Syria is threatening its neighbors, and the world's least-secret secret agent turns 50.
Chatter: Is Syria's war spreading to Turkey?
Tension flares on the Syrian-Turkish border, Mitt Romney wins round one, and Mexico gets an incongruous new landmark.
Chatter: Multiple bombings kill dozens in Syria
Up to five blasts hit central Aleppo, if you want to be president you have to debate, and Barack Obama gets sued.
Colombia's president has cancer
It might seem like a wave of Latin leaders with the disease, but cancer is a growing problem among the Latin American population overall.
Defeat may mean victory for Georgian president
Mikheil Saakashvili has a crazy streak. But his admission that his party lost elections this week may mean that's not always a bad thing.