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Barack Obama widens US effort against ISIL, flags Syria action

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama has detailed his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group, including ramping up the bombing campaign in Iraq, expanding it...

Barack Obama under fire over wisdom of anti-stupidity foreign policy

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Nick O'Malley Both Obama's critics and allies are taking pot-shots at his foreign policy, writes Nick O'Malley.

Barack Obama's military action in Iraq speaks to core audience

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Nick O'Malley America's reluctant war leader, President Barack Obama, has always opposed military action in Iraq.

Barack Obama authorises bombing of Islamist militants in northern Iraq

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Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama has authorised airstrikes in Iraq in defence of United States staff and of refugees who have been besieged by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants on the Sinjar mountains...

Pollution in the US: Barack Obama poised to take major action

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration will announce the most significant environmental action of its period in office on Monday, declaring massive cuts in the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from the nation's...

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Forecast calls for frosty climate-action talks between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama

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Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott and his caravan of industry leaders makes its way south from Canada to New York and on to Washington, DC, the gulf between the PM's approach to climate change and that of Barack Obama...

David Nabarro, the man leading the UN's fight against Ebola, says it is worse than HIV and SARS

David Nabarro, who is leading the UN's fight against Ebola, says it scares him more than SARS.

Nick O'Malley The man charged with tackling the Ebola outbreak says it scares him more than anything he has seen in a lifetime spent leading international responses to disasters and epidemics.

Obama stunned by Iraqi PM's 'news' of IS subway attacks

Confusion: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi, left, stunned American reporters by informing them that Iraq had

Nick O'Malley It must have been a faintly chilling moment for Barack Obama. He had spent half the week talking up the Iraqi government as responsive and inclusive, mature enough to sustain the international...

Australia's climate stance savagely condemned at New York summit

Unpopular stance: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.

Nick O'Malley Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

'Australia is a Pacific island - it has a responsibility'

Messages in support of action to combat climate change are projected onto the side of the UN building in New York on September 20, ahead of the international summit on the issue that begins on Tuesday.

Nick O'Malley Pacific island nations that supported Australia's bid for the UN Security Council feel let down by its stance on climate change, says the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands.

John Kerry praises Australia for military pledge on Iraq

Addressing the United Nations Security Council: US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nick O'Malley Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has singled out Australia for thanks for its commitment of forces to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Obama stresses US forces to have no 'combat mission' in Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has again declared he would not commit ground troops to battle against Islamic State militants as the US House of Representatives backs his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

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Congress midterm elections leave both Democrats and Republicans uncertain

Tough fight: Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trying to unseat the Republican incumbent, speaks to supporters.

Nick O'Malley With the nation’s attention focused on yet another armed conflict Americans will again to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure...

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Despite General Dempsey's words, bar remains high for US combat troops in Iraq

In discussing US troops in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs set off speculation.

Nick O'Malley In saying during a Senate hearing that he could imagine recommending that US troops engage in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs did not so much reveal a...

Obama building his coalition against ISIL, but direction still uncertain

Building bridges: Barack Obama seems to have turned a corner with congressional critics of his Iraq policy.

Nick O'Malley Even as he made time to speak with Tony Abbott from the White House on Monday evening, Barack Obama was gathering together national security advisers past and present to hammer out a detailed plan on...

Parties on rocky road in the race for votes

Mid-term election: Republican Mitch McConnell.

Nick O'Malley Americans will again go to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure footing.

US has no strategy yet for defeating Islamic State: Obama

US President Barack Obama answers questions in the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet to launch a broader attack against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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Tan-suited Obama a victim of his own honesty

President Barack Obama holds a news conference and delivers a too-candid admission on strategy.

Nick O'Malley Perhaps it was sign of America’s war-weariness, or at least that of its pundit class, a group that has clearly tired of discussing the nation’s seemingly intractable crises in Ukraine,...

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Why Obama hasn't hit back at Islamic State harder yet

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Nick O'Malley “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings,” says Steven...