Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
Chatter: Tanks on the streets of Cairo after deadly protests
The army gets involved in Egypt's crisis, blogging fugitive John McAfee is nabbed in Guatemala, and is OMG any less annoying if old British men used to say it?
Chatter: Typhoon Bopha kills hundreds in the Philippines
A deadly typhoon wreaks havoc in the Philippines, Egyptian protesters take the fight right to President Morsi's door, and they don't make French men like they used to.
Chatter: Iran says it captured a US drone, again
Iran claims to have nabbed another US spy plane, NATO prepares to send Turkey its Patriot defense system, and everyone needs to calm down about the royal baby.
Chatter: Pressure mounts on Israel over settlement plans
Israel faces international condemnation for its settlement-building plans, North Korea threatens to launch a new rocket, and the future of internet freedom could be in danger - depending on who you believe.
Chatter: Palestine is a state, sort of
Most of the UN says Palestine is a state, with some notable exceptions, Egyptians are none too fond of their draft constitution, and the world loses some mustaches - but gains some others.
Chatter: Egypt needs a new constitution, fast
Egypt races to get its new constitution, the UN votes on Palestine's state status, Britain braces for a media bombshell, and Yoko Ono wants to dress men like a sexy John Lennon.
Chatter: Twin bombings in Damascus kill dozens
Someone bombs Damascus - twice, a Saudi diplomat is murdered in Yemen, Bangladesh arrests three over a deadly factory fire, and the Onion does it again.
Need to know: Mexico's new president meets Obama
Economics, immigration and the drug trade were prime on the mind of Mexico's president-elect as he met Obama.
Chatter: Was Yasser Arafat poisoned?
Yasser Arafat's remains are tested for poison, Congolese rebels talk about withdrawing but don't, and Pac-Man lives in space. Really.
Chatter: Syrian government bombs playground, say activists
There are more tales of horror from Syria, the UN talks climate change in Qatar, Ehud Barak quits politics, while Cambridge University wants to study existential threats - and yes, they do mean robots.
Chatter: Israeli troops open fire near Gaza border
A border shooting threatens the fragile peace between Israel and Gaza, Egypt prepares to protest a presidential power grab, and Mexico needs a name-change.
Chatter: Peace in the Middle East?
It's day one of the cease-fire in Gaza and Israel, the Taliban claim responsibility for bombings in Pakistan, and why you should never call a Kiwi "Australian."
Chatter: Bus bomb explodes in Tel Aviv, Israel blames terrorists
An explosion in Tel Aviv spreads panic in Israel, the last Mumbai attacker is hanged, and Twinkies are on their way out - no really, this time we mean it.
Chatter: Israel halts ground offensive in Gaza as Clinton, Ban join truce talks
The world waits to see if Israel and Hamas can agree a cease-fire, rebels advance in DR Congo, and China's next top model is... unexpected.
Chatter: Obama joins Myanmar on its 'remarkable journey'
Barack Obama becomes the first serving US president to visit Myanmar, it's day six of the conflict in Gaza, and French party politics get feisty.
Chatter: Xi Jinping takes the reins in China
Xi Jinping leads a row of men in black to power at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, three dead from rockets fired by Hamas into southern Israel, and the eurozone sinks back into recession.
With Correa up for re-election, Assange is poised for 4 more years of Ecuador gov't love
Their relationship started with an interview and blossomed into asylum. Now Julian Assange could get a new lease on Ecuador's support as President Rafael Correa seeks a third term.
Russia reset redux?
Moscow may be seeking own version of a reset in relations with the United States. Western countries must respond with care.
Chatter: Europe goes on strike
Millions of Europeans protest against austerity, Obama stands by his general, and China prepares to reveal its new leaders.
Chatter: Is General John Allen part of the Petraeus scandal?
The David Petraeus affair just got even crazier, the British government can't stop a terror suspect going free, and the dictionary-makers tell us that kids these days are all talking about GIFs.
Chatter: Greece awaits crucial bailout decision
The euro zone decides whether Greece should get its next slice of bailout pie, revelations keep on coming about ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, and heads are rolling at the beleaguered BBC.
Chatter: Syria getting a lot worse very fast, warns UN
The UN warns that millions more Syrians will soon need international help, Iran stays silent over US accusations that it shot a Pentagon drone, and Navy SEALs have their knuckles rapped for playing with video games.
Chatter: China embarks on once-in-decade power transfer
China prepares to hand over to the next generation of leaders, President Obama goes back to work avoiding the fiscal cliff, and Reddit helps save a man's life.
Chatter: Four more years for President Barack Obama
Barack Obama isn't leaving the White House any time soon - and in other news, Syria is still at war and Greece is still in trouble.
Chatter: America votes
The US votes - while the rest of the world holds its breath and hopes it doesn't do anything crazy, Russia sacks its defense minister, and the Bo Xilai scandal gets even more scandalous.
Poll: Despite short shrift, Mexico would stick with Obama
If they could vote in the US election, 58 percent of Mexicans would re-elect Barack Obama but many are disappointed with his handling of the drug war, immigration and trade relations, says a new survey.
Chatter: Final scramble for votes in US swing states
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have just a few more hours to convince US voters before tomorrow's election, fatal bombings hit Bahrain, and scientists find a way to turn heartbeats into electrical power.
Romney wants "good relations" with Moscow
Reports say the candidate's son Matt Romney brought a good-will message to America's "number-one geopolitical foe."
Chatter: Syrian rebels accused of war crimes over 'execution' video
A gory video could be evidence of atrocities by Syrian rebels, the latest US jobs report brings good news, and North Korea's "Hotel of Doom" will finally open next year. Maybe.
Chatter: Post-Sandy, US presidential candidates get back to campaigning
Sandy's gone - but is the storm over for the US election, Halloween parties go bad, and Kim Dotcom has a new file-sharing service that hopes to evade the Feds - LOL!!!
Chatter: 'Super-storm' Sandy devastates eastern US
New York and the surrounding area are disaster zones in the wake of deadly storm Sandy, UBS fires thousands of investment bankers, and it just got a teeny bit easier to fly on the world's worst airline.