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Obamacare deadline: 7.1 million sign up for health insurance

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...

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


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...


Obama finally comes out with views on gay marriage

US President Barack Obama with Vice President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley It is a surprise to no one in the US that Barack Obama supports gay marriage. The only thing that has raised eyebrows is how long it took the President to stumble towards a clear public affirmation...

No hitch looms in gay marriage stand

Gay marriage in US

Nick O'Malley, Washington Implications unclear after US President Barack Obama comes out in support of gay marriage.

Romney's weak recall compounds 'dumb things' while Obama looks like real deal

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: It should not matter to Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions that as an adolescent he led a gang that held down a lonely schoolmate, thought by others to be gay, and cut off his hair.

Funnel for a deadly trade is ready to burst

Drugs problem in Mexico.

Nick O'Malley As the killings continue, Mexico and Latin America are pressing the US for change, writes Nick O'Malley.

Despite the boos, Romney boosts his credibility

Mitt Romney.

Nick O'Malley When Mitt Romney addressed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this morning the air was thick, not just with tepid applause and occasional enthusiastic booing, but also...

Civil rights groups tackle 'suppressive' voter ID laws

US voter Viviette Applewhite.

Nick O'Malley According to a study by New York University's Brennan Justice Centre released last week, 14 Republican-controlled states have introduced laws making it harder for 5 million voters to cast ballots.

Romney demands answers over alleged security leaks

Mitt Romney

Nick O'Malley Mitt Romney has accused Barack Obama's White House of leaking national security secrets in order to bolster the President's reputation in a major foreign affairs speech hours before he was to depart...

Michelle Obama practises what she'll preach on hubby's big day

Nick O'Malley, Charlotte, North Carolina Michelle Obama did a walk-through of the stage where she will deliver her crucial speech today, headlining the first day of the Democratic National Convention - Barack Obama's unofficial campaign...

First lady to point to Obama's humanity

Nick O'Malley MICHELLE OBAMA did a walk-through of the stage where she will deliver her crucial speech today, headlining the first day of the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's unofficial campaign...

Love still all around as Clinton bats for Obama

Bill Clinton

Nick O'Malley CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Bill Clinton made it look easy. The old pro, the most popular politician in the land, wandered onto the stage and amiably acknowledged an ear-splitting explosion of love.

Obama spells it out for second term


Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama said voters face a choice between two ''fundamentally different visions'' for America and vowed to continue his fight to ''restore the values that built the largest middle...

Mesmerising speeches, and still deadlock

Nick O'Malley AT A BRIEFING for the foreign media in Tampa last week the Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist sounded a little cranky when asked why his party could not bring itself to find a compromise over debt...

Rough and tumble debate ends in a draw


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


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...