Nick O Malley on United Nations

State of disunion: Western Maryland wants to break free

Nick O'Malley Outside a gun show at a rural fairground, the leader of the Western Maryland secessionist movement sips black coffee from a waxed cardboard cup, toys with an e-cigarette, and explains why he is...

Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk meets Obama at White House

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House.

Nick O'Malley Sitting in the Oval office with Ukraine's interim Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, US President Barack Obama has again declared the United State's support for Ukraine, telling reporters, ''We will...

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

Vitaly Churkin

Nick O'Malley Russia has told the UN Security Council that it occupied Crimea at the request of the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.

Australia co-authors Syrian humanitarian aid plan

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution co-authored by Australia that seeks to extend humanitarian aide to millions of civilians caught up in the increasingly brutal...

UN adopts Australian call for humanitarian relief in Syria

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution co-authored by Australia condemning the Syrian government for starving its citizens and demanding both warring parties allow...

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Nick O'Malley You don't hear talk of "cheese eating surrender monkeys" in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the...

Gillard takes aim at gun lobby in Washington speech

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at a forum in Washington.

Nick O'Malley Julia Gillard has defended Australia's compulsory voting system at a think tank in Washington, arguing it keeps vocal minorities like the gun lobby from wielding too much influence.

Foreign diplomats accused of human trafficking, assault in US

Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, has been accused of underpaying a domestic worker she brought to the US from India.

Nick O'Malley The prosecution of a diplomat in New York for visa fraud has not only caused an ugly spat between India and America, but prompted a new focus in the United States on allegations of assault, human...

US to respond to Syria 'in days ahead'

US Navy

Nick O'Malley The US has given the clearest indication yet that it intends to lead a military strike against Syria within days even without the support of the United Nations Security Council.

Syrian crisis looms for Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan

United Nations

Nick O'Malley As Australia prepares to chair its first meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday and the White House pursues military action against Syria, Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary...

UN Security Council stalled on Syria, says Australian president Gary Quinlan

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council remains divided and stalled on the crisis in Syria, its Australian president, Gary Quinlan, conceded during a press conference earlier on Wednesday, and diplomatic...

UN at centre of frantic new diplomatic push on Syria

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley The slim prospect of a diplomatic solution has suddenly placed the UN Security Council, currently led by Australia, at the centre of a frantic round of diplomacy.

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Anti-war demonstrators protest against a possible military action in Syria by the U.S. and its allies in front of the French embassy in San Salvador, on September 11, 2013 . AFP PHOTO/ Jose CABEZAS

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

Tears in vain: shooting fails to sway US

Nick O'Malley 'It's just a signature away. Who else has to die before you get it?'

US right up in arms over treaty

Arms

Nick O'Malley More than 65 countries have signed an arms trade treaty that has been championed by Australia at the United Nations since work began on it in 2006.

World poised to eradicate polio: Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Nick O'Malley Bill Gates has congratulated Australia for its $50 million contribution to an international fund to eradicate polio, saying the world is poised at an historic moment.

Hold fire on Petraeus, Obama warns

U.S. General David Petraeus testifies during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington June 29, 2010. Petraeus, 57, would replace General Stanley McChrystal, who was fired by Obama last week over comments made by him and his aides belittling the president and his aides and announced his retirement on Monday. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY PROFILE HEADSHOT)

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama says he has seen no evidence of any breach of national security as a result of the General Petraeus affair.

Rice withdraws under Republican pressure

Susan Rice

Nick O'Malley The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has withdrawn her name from consideration to be appointed secretary of state by the President, Barack Obama, making Senator John Kerry an even...

Kerry for State post as Rice bows out

John Kerry

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the appointment of secretary of state by the President, Barack Obama, making Senator...