Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
Chatter: Bye-bye, Benedict
Benedict XVI gives his last ever public address as pope, Iran says it will keep talking about its nuclear program, there's a deadly shooting at a Swiss factory, and how well do you know the rules of Yeti hunting?
Chatter: No one wins Italy's election
Italy is left deadlocked after a crucial parliamentary vote, a hot air balloon crash kills tourists in Egypt, world powers try to persuade Iran to wind down its nuclear program, and Robin the Boy Wonder gets it.
Chatter: What's Cuba without Castro?
Cuba's President Raul Castro promises to resign - but not yet, Italy votes, Iran isn't happy with the way the Oscars went, and another reason not to do the Harlem Shake.
Chatter: India on alert after Hyderabad bombings
India hunts for the bombers who struck Hyderabad, Oscar Pistious finds out whether he's got bail, and boozing nuns cause upset in Ireland.
Chatter: Damascus under fire
More explosions rock Syria's capital, there's confusion about the fate of French hostages in Cameroon, the Pistorius case gets even crazier, and when is an Italian restaurant too Italian?
Chatter: Bulgaria's government quits
The Bulgarian cabinet resigns amid protests, shells hit Syria's capital, Oscar Pistorius has a second day in court, and art looks better naked.
Chatter: Did Oscar Pistorius mean to do it?
South African prosecutors claim Oscar Pistorius wanted to shoot dead his girlfriend, China is accused of all-out cyber spying, robbers nab millions of dollars' worth of diamonds, and we are all Kevin Bacon.
Chatter: Chavez is back
Hugo Chavez makes a surprise return to Venezuela, Ecuador gets four more years of President Rafael Correa, we go inside Bashar al-Assad's prisons, and NASA wises up to the meteor menace.
Chatter: Meteor hits Earth. No, really.
An exploding meteor injures hundreds in Russia, Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder, the cruise ship from hell finally reaches shore, and a lesson in why you should leave dogs just as nature made them.
Chatter: Olympic hero turns murder suspect
South Africa's own "Blade Runner" is arrested for alleged murder, the euro zone gets serious with recession, two of the world's top airlines pair up, and we bring you Valentines from around the world.
Chatter: Pope Benedict speaks
The pope address his flock for the first time since his shock announcement, President Obama tells the Union what's up, and zombies are attacking Montana - not.
Chatter: North Korea nukes it
North Korea does exactly what everyone told it not to - again, the world wonders who'll be its next pope, President Obama prepares to tell the nation what state it's in, and Pluto needs your help.
Chatter: The pope has quit
The Vatican makes a surprise announcement, there's a mining disaster in Russia, Europe's horsemeat scandal trots on, and the world's largest crocodile is an ex-largest crocodile.
Chatter: Tunisia mourns, and protests
Murdered opposition leader Chokri Belaid is laid to rest but Tunisia isn't, Mali's rebels turn suicidal, South Africa faces its own "Delhi moment", and who says old men don't write good romance?
Chatter: Iran won't talk nuclear to the US
Iran's supreme leader says no to direct talks with the US, the EU battles over its budget, and Japan is alarmed by David's anatomy.
Hillary Clinton launches website, fueling speculation about another presidential run
Hillary Clinton has launched a new website, fueling speculation about whether she will run for president in 2016.
Chatter: Solomons quake triggers deadly tsunami
The Solomon Islands suffer a huge earthquake and deadly tsunami, an opposition politician is assassinated in Tunisia, and Germany's cookie crisis is deliciously resolved.
Chatter: Mr Ahmadinejad goes to Cairo
Iran's president make a historic visit to Egypt, tension flares between Japan and China - again, and where's the worst place you can think of to put a theme park?
Chatter: US and South Korea show off their strength
South Korea and the US begin joint naval drills under North Korea's nose, Iraq sees its second suicide bombing in two days, and we've finally found King Richard III.
Chatter: Search for survivors after Mexico City explosion
A mysterious explosion at a Mexican oil company's headquarters kills dozens, former NYC mayor Ed Koch has passed away, and Beyonce shows us why we should never, ever doubt her.
Chatter: Did Israel just attack Syria?
Confusion abounds over whether Israel bombed Syria, the New York Times accuses China of cyber-intimidation, and 'Finnegans Wake' might just be a better read in Mandarin.
Chatter: Mali rebels lose last stronghold
French troops take control of the Mali rebels' final stronghold, South Korea launches its first space rocket, and it's lucky the Pope's peace dove is no pacifist.
Chatter: Britain's going to Mali
International support for the war in Mali takes concrete shape, Egyptian protesters ignore President Morsi's orders, and the world sends yet more animals into space.
Chatter: Mali's rebels are losing ground
Malian and French troops have taken Timbuktu airport from the rebels, Egypt declares a partial state of emergency, and Brazil mourns its fire dead.
Chatter: Egypt marks 2 years of revolution
It's the second anniversary of Egypt's uprising, there are worrying developments in Mali, and North Korea is mad at just about everyone.
Chatter: North Korea takes aim at US
North Korea threatens to carry out a new nuclear test, American women get permission to serve in combat, and Irish councilors say drink-driving is sometimes OK.
It’s not you, Europe
What David Cameron really meant to tell the European Union.
Chatter: Should Britain stay or should it go?
Brits are offered a choice between in and out of Europe, Israel's new government will be same-same but different, and cheese finds new ways to kill you.
Chatter: Israel votes
The polls are open in Israel's parliamentary elections, France and Germany celebrate 50 years of friendship, and fake boyfriends are on the rise in China.
Chatter: More bodies found after Algeria hostage crisis
The death toll rises in Algeria, Barack Obama prepares to take the oath, and India chases justice for the Delhi gang rape victim.
Chatter: Algeria hostages still missing after deadly rescue raid
The hostage crisis in Algeria is far from over, everything's at stake in Mali, and Lance Armstrong finally 'fesses up.