Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
Chatter: Boston's marathon terror
The FBI is hunting for suspects after twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, a powerful earthquake strikes Iran - again, a US helicopter goes down near North Korea, and how Google Autocomplete can ruin your career prospects.
Chatter: Venezuela chooses Chavez's heir
Venezuelans vote in the president chosen for them by the late Hugo Chavez, a string of bombings kills 20 across Iraq, North Korea celebrates Kim Il Sung's birthday, and Psy tackles the difficult second single.
Chatter: Kerry warns North Korea
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea for talks about its increasingly bellicose neighbor, Cyprus needs (even more) money, Russia isn't happy to star on Washington's new human rights blacklist, and behold, the deadly beaver.
Chatter: G8 talks Syria, North Korea
The Group of Eight meets in London, Japanese automakers recall millions of cars, women face off with police at Jerusalem's Western Wall, and Vladimir Putin is a wanted man - in Finland.
Chatter: North Korea is a 'vital threat'
South Korea raises its alert level in the face of mounting danger from North Korea, Iran feels the aftershocks of yesterday's powerful earthquake, Israel may be operating in Syria, and Imelda Marcos likes her men in drag.
Chatter: Kenya gets a new president
Uhuru Kenyatta becomes Kenya's fourth president, North Korea tells foreigners to clear out of South Korea, Margaret Thatcher gets a funeral date, and what's white, fluffy and on steroids?
Chatter: A North Korean nuclear test isn't so imminent after all
South Korea backtracks on its claim that North Korea appeared to be preparing a nuclear test, Syria's capital is car-bombed, Chile's national poet is exhumed, and in Gaza, it's a short back and sides or nothing.
Chatter: North Korea has 2 missiles ready to go
North Korea moves another missile into position on its east coast, Shanghai closes its poultry markets over bid flu fears, Hollywood bids farewell to one of its best-loved critics, and kids: don't smoke the flowers.
Chatter: US sends in reinforcements after North Korean threats
The US says North Korea's threats to attack must be taken seriously, Argentina mourns its flood victims, Connecticut gets tough on gun laws, and the highway to hell can be found in Turkey.
The AP drops 'illegal immigrant,' why it matters
The Associated Press moves away from the illegal label as US inches toward immigration overhaul.
Chatter: North Korea blocks off industrial zone
North Korea bars South Koreans from entering their shared industrial park, President Barack Obama heads to Colorado to talk gun control, Nelson Mandela is "much better," and Germany's old bombs are everywhere.
Chatter: North Korea reboots nuclear reactor
North Korea takes its nuclear reactor out of storage, a fire at a Muslim school raises fears in Myanmar, Apple says sorry to China, and these were the April Fools that weren't.
Chatter: South Korea talks back
South Korea promises "strong retaliation" to North Korea's threats, another suicide bomber strikes in Iraq, private daily newspapers go on sale in Myanmar for the first time in nearly 50 years, and fleas, it seems, freeze.
Chatter: North Korea's rockets on stand-by
Kim Jong Un orders North Korea's rockets ready for action, a Taliban suicide bomber strikes in Pakistan, Nelson Mandela is said to be "doing well" in hospital, and we learn what a Whizzinator's for.
Chatter: Cyprus banks are back
Cyprus reopens its banks for the first time in 12 days, Nelson Mandela is back in hospital, the internet reels from "the biggest cyber attack in history," and does South Africa know what's in its burgers? (Hint: it's not horse.)
Chatter: North Korea cuts off contact
North Korea isn't speaking to South Korea, SCOTUS hears more about gay marriage, David Petraeus says sorry, and scientists make a real-life invisibility cloak... kinda.
Chatter: North Korea is 'combat ready'
North Korea points its rockets at US military bases, Amanda Knox is put back on trial, Venezuela prepares to vote, and the world's hugest Easter egg is huge.
Chatter: Cyprus gets bailed out
Cyprus agrees to pay a high price for an EU bailout, the US says bye bye to its infamous Bagram prison, Hong Kong's foreign maids lose their battle for residency, and Zimbabwe's jailed human rights lawyer is freed - for now.
Chatter: Syria will be 'purged'
The Syrian president vows to "wipe out" the people responsible for a Damascus suicide bombing, Myanmar declares a state of emergency after sectarian riots, a shooting at a US Marine base leaves three dead, and the Secret Service almost - almost - killed Iran's president.
Chatter: Obama goes West (Bank)
President Barack Obama receives a cooler welcome in the West Bank than in Israel, Cyprus has to decide on a plan B, South Korea tries to track down its hackers, and Indian pupils cheat, a lot.
Chatter: Obama goes to Israel
President Barack Obama makes his debut visit to Israel, Cyprus turns down an EU bailout, and South Korea thinks someone's been all up in its computers.
Chatter: Francis becomes Pope
Pope Francis is inaugurated, bombs hit Baghdad, Cyprus rethinks its unpopular tax on bank deposits, and Syria gets a second prime minister.
Cyprus bailout plan hits Russian economic model
Analysis: A proposed tax on bank deposits highlights the island’s role in spiriting of tens of billions of Russian dollars abroad a year.
Chatter: World leaders head to Rome
Robert Mugabe takes a Roman holiday to attend Pope Francis's inaugural mass, China warns the US over its missile defense plans, and the latest in embalming techniques.
Chatter: Syria's war, two years on
EU urged to lift arms embargo as Syria marks two years of conflict, North Korea fumes that it is "under cyberattack," and live from the White House, it's Joe Biden's new reality podcast.
Chatter: Enter Pope Francis
Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio for the win, Xi Jinping completes his rise to the Chinese presidency, death of a Khmer Rouge chief, and the greening of the northern wilds.
Chatter: Papal conclave resumes
Cardinals continue conclave to pick the next pope, the suffering of Syria's children, more dead pigs found in Shanghai river, and Australia's great kangaroo scrotum shortage.
On the announcement that President Obama will be eating kosher in Israel this month, GlobalPost offers an explanation of what exactly “kosher” means.
Chatter: Pope vote begins
Cardinals head into a secret conclave, the Sudans agree to resume pumping oil, and New York's 'Big Gulp ban' blocked.
Chatter: Delhi gang rape suspect found dead
Delhi rape accused is found dead in prison, US and South Korea begin military drills despite war threats from the North, and GlobalPost takes on the great horsemeat debate.
Chatter: North Korea lashes out after new UN sanctions
Pyongyang vows to end non-aggression pacts with South Korea, Uhuru Kenyatta leads in Kenya vote count, Chavez to be embalmed, and a dog's day in the UK.