Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
North Korea is making lavish claims of nuclear advancement again
The claims probably aren't true. But why all the bluster?
That boat full of starving asylum seekers may be lost off the coast of Thailand
A boat carrying hundreds of refugees, which no country is willing to take in, has not been seen in days.
The Islamic State takes another major Iraqi city
You might remember Ramadi. More than 1,300 American soldiers and Marines died there after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
OK, so there was a ground raid. But who's winning the war?
The raid that captured a key Islamic State leader in Syria is being touted as a serious blow to the militant organization. The truth is we don't really know.
This is how bad it is for some of the most persecuted people on Earth
The Rohingya are fleeing terrifying persecution in Myanmar only to meet unimaginable horror in Thailand.
The meeting at Camp David today is going to be really awkward
US President Barack Obama is hosting Arab leaders at Camp David. But who is there and who isn't has everyone talking.
The US Congress has pretty much crushed the largest trade deal in history
It's a win for transparency. But not everyone's a winner.
The US Senate votes today on whether to fast-track Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership
The controversial trade deal would be a global game-changer — for better or worse.
When the Rohingya make headlines, it's rarely good news
Today is no exception. Hundreds of the persecuted Muslim minority have washed up in Indonesia. Thousands more are stuck at sea.
Brace yourselves, the UK Conservatives just won an outright majority
The UK will almost certainly shift farther to the right in the next few years.
The UK election is underway. And it's going to be a close one
Good thing it's legal to be drunk when voting in the UK.
Netanyahu makes last attempt to stay in power
The Israeli prime minister has just hours to form a coalition or step aside.
It's hard to determine the good guy in the Syrian conflict
Both government forces and the rebels are guilty of terrible crimes. A new Amnesty International report is damning.
Two extremist groups apparently clash in Texas
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Muslim group, held a competition to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Texas. And gunmen responded.
World Naked Gardening Day is right now
Yes, this is a thing now — especially in the English countryside.
Just how many girls has Boko Haram kidnapped in Nigeria?
The Nigerian army rescued 200 girls from Boko Haram on Monday. But they weren't the 200 girls that inspired the campaign, #BringBackOurGirls.
Day 3: Kathmandu airport at a standstill as death toll rises above 4,300
The international airport in Kathmandu is in chaos as terrified Nepalese flee and aid groups attempt to send in help.
The death toll in Nepal is rising disturbingly fast
Officials say 3,700 have so far been killed. But there are entire regions of the country that rescuers have yet to reach.
The US doesn't really know who it's killing with its drone strikes in Pakistan
That is the implication of Thursday's news that the CIA accidentally killed 3 American and 1 Italian in separate drones strikes in Pakistan.
Strangers mourn the deaths of the anonymous in Malta
This is the world in which we live.
Saudi Arabia halts devastating airstrikes in Yemen. Then immediately launches more
Saudi Arabia appears less concerned than the rest of the world about avoiding civilian casualties, or even having a clear military strategy.
Egypt has really come full circle
What's next? Hosni Mubarak for president?
The most disturbing part of this tragedy is no one really knows how many people were killed
It could be a few hundred. It could be almost a thousand. Either way, the European Union appears to be finally waking up to the problem.
The world's most deadly migrant route just got deadlier
So many of the world's current crises can be traced back to the chaos engulfing Libya.
Apparently there are more Syrian refugees than the world can handle
The UN is calling on Western countries to take in more displaced Syrians. But so far the call has not been met.
Iran, Sudan, Syria and Cuba have something important in common
Here is why Boko Haram exists. And the terrible repercussions
Senior Correspondent Erin Conway-Smith traveled to Nigeria to investigate the roots and impacts of Boko Haram.
Australia imposes penalties on anti-vaxxers
Parents in Australia who won't vaccinate their children will no longer qualify for government welfare programs.
The 'fighting season' returns to Afghanistan
The Taliban has stepped up attacks after the brutal Afghan winter. And it is now joined by the Islamic State. This fighting season could be one of the worst yet.
Russian hackers are reading White House emails
US authorities say they have traced the cyberattack to the Russians, but assured sensitive communications remain secure.
This is the worst thing about Yemen right now
One of the poorest countries on Earth is also one of the hungriest. And it's getting a lot worse.