Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
Chatter: France says Mali campaign 'developing favorably'
France is confident its troops will soon be out of Mali, the crisis in Syria is only getting worse, 'Argo' sweeps the Golden Globes, and the royal baby has a due date.
Chatter: Syrian rebels seize military airbase
Rebels claim to have taken control of a strategic airbase in Syria, British police detail the full horror of Jimmy Savile's sex crimes, and the Colorado shooting suspect is ordered to face trial.
Chatter: Kurdish militants 'executed' in Paris
Three Kurdish militants are murdered in Paris, Joe Biden prepares to sit down with the NRA, and Google's chairman tells North Korea to get online.
Chatter: Tensions rising on the India-Pakistan border
India and Pakistan trade accusations across the flashpoint Kashmir border, Hugo Chavez is too ill to be sworn in, and AIG contemplates biting the hand that bailed it out.
Chatter: Euro zone has fewer jobs than ever
Unemployment reaches a new record in the euro zone, Australia swelters in a fiery heatwave, and how winning the lottery can be bad for your health.
Chatter: Delhi gang rape suspects in court
Five men are charged over a fatal gang rape in Delhi, President Obama picks John Brennan as the new head of the CIA, and good-looking men officially have all the luck.
Will 2013 be Latin America’s digital year?
Google’s building a data center, mobile providers are rolling out 4G networks, but that’s not all that’s in store.
Chatter: Hugo Chavez battling severe lung infection
Venezuela's president suffers "complications" brought on by a lung infection, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot by the Taliban is discharged from hospital, and an Iranian man's hairy eyeball.
Washington’s thinking about Hugo Chavez
As rumors swirl over Chavez's health, US State Department spokeswoman says Washington wants to see a fair Venezuelan transition, and denies any US meddling.
Chatter: US drone strike kills top Pakistan Taliban leader
Mullah Nazir, a Taliban commander in Pakistan, is killed in a US drone attack, Myanmar's government admits to launching airstrikes against Kachin rebels, and meet Larry, the projectile-vomiting robot.
Chatter: Stock markets soar after 'fiscal cliff' deal struck
Markets react to news the US has avoided going over the cliff, Hugo Chavez in a "delicate" situation after cancer operation in Cuba, and UK police baffled by Oompa Loompa attack.
Chatter: Dozens killed in stampede during New Year's festivities in Ivory Coast
At least 60 people crushed to death in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, the US Senate reaches a "fiscal cliff" deal two hours after the deadline, and what to do if you are dumped just before your New Year's Eve wedding.
Chatter: US 'fiscal cliff' talks down to the wire
America nears the edge of a fiscal cliff, the rest of the world parties like it's 2013, and GlobalPost's far-flung correspondents choose the year's best quotes and most inspiring people.
Chatter: Putin signs ban on US adoptions of Russian children
Russia's president signs into law a ban on Americans adopting orphans from Russia, China tightens control on internet usage, and South Africa's Jacob Zuma is hounded over his comments about pet dogs.
Chatter: Obama cuts short holiday for fiscal cliff talks
Barack Obama jets back to Washington for negotiations on an impending fiscal disaster, Mount Everest seen in stunning detail, and sharks on the loose — at a Chinese mall.
Chatter: Egypt president signs controversial new constitution into law
Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian president, signs into law a contentious new constitution, meet the new boss of Japan, and Swaziland bans "rape-provoking" miniskirts.
Chatter: Christmas celebrated around the world
Millions of Christians celebrate Christmas, US firefighters killed in "trap" while responding to emergency call, and this season's most over-the-top holiday lights.
Chatter: Afghan policewoman kills US adviser in Kabul
An American adviser to NATO is shot dead by a policewoman in Kabul, Egypt awaits official results of a constitutional referendum, and Santa Claus is coming to town — with a new map.
Chatter: Deadly fighting in Kenya as elections approach
Inter-ethnic fighting in Kenya kills almost 40 people, the US looks for a Plan C to save it from the fiscal cliff, and it seems we're all still here, after all.
Chatter: South Korea's president-to-be promises 'new era'
South Korea's president-elect looks forward to better relations with North Korea, Vladimir Putin doesn't want Americans adopting Russian kids, and it's the last day on Earth! Why are you still reading this?
Chatter: Benghazi investigation slams US State Department
The US State Department is accused of failing to protect its staff in Benghazi, more polio workers are killed in Pakistan, and Rudolph has a very good reason for a red nose.
Chatter: Polio workers shot dead in Pakistan
Attackers kill health workers trying to immunize Pakistani children against polio, the world has some advice for the US about gun control, and technology reveals that Egypt's last pharaoh came to a sticky end.
Chatter: 'These tragedies must end,' Obama tells Newtown
President Obama addresses Newtown in the wake of America's latest gun tragedy, police foil a plot to bomb South Africa's ruling party convention, and Silvio Berlusconi is getting married. Again.
Chatter: North Korea parties like it's blast-off
North Korea celebrates its rocket launch, Susan Rice won't be America's next secretary of state, and NASA makes an Everest-size mistake.
Chatter: Russia says rebels might win Syria
Russia admits Bashar al-Assad is losing Syria, Japan and China's island spat is air-bound, and some people really, really don't like Justin Bieber.
Jenni Rivera: Notes on her plane crash, and her music
The life, death and music of a great Mexican-American diva.
Chatter: North Korea actually launched a rocket
North Korea surprises everyone by doing what it said it would, the world distinguishes between good rebels and bad rebels in Syria, and today is 12/12/12... ooooooh.
Chatter: HSBC hit with record fine for money-laundering
A banking giant is fined billions for dodgy money transfers, Nelson Mandela has a chest infection, and hippies have convinced us that the world is about to end.
Chatter: Morsi scraps decree, but gives Egypt's army new powers
The Egyptian president gets rid of his new powers - but gives some to the army instead, North Korea delays its rocket launch, and Brazil gives diners with gastric bands a break.
Resetting the reset: Hillary warns Moscow against a new Soviet Union
In a sign the United States may be finally changing its line toward Russia, Hillary Clinton has warned that Moscow is trying to recreate a new version of the Soviet Union under the guise of economic integration.
Chatter: Hamas leader sets foot in Gaza for the first time
An exiled Hamas leader makes an emotional first visit to Gaza, an earthquake and tsunami warnings bring back bad memories in Japan, and Egypt doesn't look any nearer the end of its crisis.