Chatter is a daily news blog that covers what you need to know about the world, as it happens.
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.
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.
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.