Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
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.
Chatter: Nelson Mandela hangs on
The world watches, waits and prays as Nelson Mandela's condition worsens, the EU finally agrees on its budget, John Kerry still hopes for peace in the Middle East, and Japan's one-man campaign against "Engrish."
Chatter: Australian PM makes a bet, loses it
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard throws down the gauntlet and loses, Snowden could be stuck in Russia forever, Obama's going to Africa, and the British pound is about to get more literary, and more lady-like.
Chatter: Edward Snowden 'was never in Russia'
The NSA whistleblower's whereabouts are more mysterious than ever, Afghanistan's safest haven is attacked by Taliban, both Koreas get hacked, and Rusty the red panda is back where he belongs.
Chatter: Praying for Nelson Mandela
South Africa's beloved former president remains in critical condition, Edward Snowden plays cat-and-mouse with the US government, Silvio Berlusconi prepares to be judged, and a brave but crazy man crosses part of the Grand Canyon on a high wire.
Chatter: One million Brazilians protest
Brazil's protests swell to their biggest yet, Spanish police bust a gang allegedly sending foreign jihadists to Syria, an unarmed man is shot at Israel's Western Wall, and China's crush on David Beckham gets a little too literal.
Chatter: Brazil is still protesting
Protests in Brazil continue despite a government U-turn, smog smothers Singapore, misbehaving monks raise eyebrows in Thailand, and a Welsh village asks a crucial question: to "t" or not to "t"?
Chatter: Afghanistan slams 'inconsistent' US peace talks
The Afghan government suspends security negotiations with the US, Brazil sends security forces to deal with growing protests, Obama prepares to be ein Berliner, and North Korea has a little Hitler problem.
Chatter: Afghanistan looks after itself
Afghan forces take over responsibility for their country's safety, Brazil's protests get bigger, Turkey's protests get quieter, and Egyptian TV gets manlier.
Chatter: G8 divided over Syria
Syria and spying are set to dominate this week's G8 summit, Turkey faces a nationwide strike, the US plays it cool with North Korea, and the strange tale of how a Super Bowl ring ended up at the Kremlin.
Chatter: Iran votes
Iranians choose their next president, the US agrees to send military support to Syria's rebels, Turkey's Gezi Park is saved – for now, and the world gets a new superhero.
Chatter: Turkey's Erdogan prepares for talks
The Turkish prime minister asks mediators to help end anti-government protests, North and South Korea stop talking, cash-strapped Greece switches off its state broadcaster, and the world just got a tiny bit younger.
Chatter: Trouble returns to Taksim Square
Riot police force out the anti-government protesters occupying central Istanbul, Syria's capital is suicide-bombed, Iran loses a potential president, and why a cat could make mayor in Mexico.
Chatter: Meet Edward Snowden, the world's latest whistleblower
A former CIA man is the new whistleblower on the block, South Africa faces up to Nelson Mandela's failing health, and it turns out baby moose can't swim.