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MH17 'apparently' shot down, says US Vice-President Joe Biden

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Nick O'Malley The United States Vice-President Joe Biden has said the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that crashed over Ukraine was “apparently” shot down, the closest the US administration has come to...

Obama struggles to hold the centre in Iraq and Syria maelstrom

Heavy lift: Military equipment from Germany bound for Iraq is loaded onto a giant carrier plane at Leipzig/Halle Airport on Thursday.

Nick O'Malley Anyone following the Obama administration’s response to the threat posed by Islamic State this past week might have been left confused. Some might even have suffered whiplash.

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...

Obama gives full US support for creation of new Iraqi government

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama thrown US support behind Iraq’s new prime minister designee, Dr Haider al-Abadi.

'We don't want you, nobody wants you!' US immigration debate turns ugly

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California.

Nick O'Malley When the protesters saw the buses carrying the children heading towards them, they began to chant and yell wave their flags and homemade banners. One woman was particularly insistent.

Obamacare deadline: 7.1 million sign up for health insurance

US President Barack Obama with Vice-President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance under a controversial American healthcare law before a key deadline, prompting a celebratory and unabashedly political speech by the US...

Obama praises Australia's gun control, brings country into US gun debate

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Nick O'Malley Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised...

Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Crisis talks: Barack Obama has signalled that America's response will not be immediate.

Nick O'Malley Americans don't want their president to put boots back on the ground, so what are Obama's options in Iraq?

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...

Beijing tactic makes waves in disputed sea

Japan Coast Guard vessel PS206 Houou.

Philip Wen Beijing and Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swath of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it as under its control, it was seen as an abrupt escalation of an already tense territorial...

East China Sea: Tension over disputed islands increases

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Philip Wen, Nick O'Malley When China marked out an expansive swathe of airspace above the East China Sea and effectively claimed it to be under its control, it was seen as an abrupt stepping up of an already tense territorial...

Rough and tumble debate ends in a draw

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Nick O'Malley Joe Biden won't have to live with Barack Obama's regret that he was "too polite" after the vice-president's tussle with the Republican candidate, Paul Ryan.

Spend and bend as poll goes down to the wire

'Debates are about appearing presidential' (Thumbnail)

Nick O'Malley With polls tied in the dying days of the US election, analysts are tracking the movements of the contenders, trying to get a true sense of the two campaigns' end strategy.

God bless America

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Nick O'Malley After Newtown's children were shot dead, the gravel parking lot out the front of the Clark Brothers gun shop in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia filled up and the queues snaked...

Congress sits on its hands as the fiscal cliff looms

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: Despite intense scrutiny and the growing frustration of the American public, the US Congress failed to come up with a weekend deal to avoid the sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts known...

No deal: Congress stares at cliff failure

Nick O'Malley Despite intense scrutiny and the growing frustration of the American public, the US Congress failed to come up with a weekend deal to avoid the sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts known as the...

Rancour and relief as US pulls back from brink

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Nick O'Malley Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff Democrats started celebrating a partial victory – it appeared the White House and Senate leaders had cut a deal and the US would begin...

US pulls back from the cliff

US Vice President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff, Democrats started celebrating a partial victory.

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11th hour deal gives Obama a breather

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Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: Minutes before the midnight deadline of the fiscal cliff, Democrats started celebrating a partial victory.

Republican rift helps tax bill through house

The U.S. Capitol stands in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. The U.S. House of Representatives doesn't plan any votes on the federal budget tonight, meaning that Congress for now will fail to avert $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to start at midnight. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Nick O'Malley FINALLY, after a revolt among Republicans and a split within the party's leadership, a deal struck between the White House and the Senate was backed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday night,...