Susan Rice

Obama to shun Anwar Ibrahim on Malaysia visit

Lindsay Murdoch Barack Obama plans to shun the popular opposition leader when he becomes the first US President to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century.

President Obama meets Pope Francis, an 'inspiration', for the first time at the Vatican

Warm meeting ... US President Barack Obama shares a joke with Pope Francis during their first meeting at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY - Greeting a man he calls an "inspiration," President Barack Obama paid his first visit to Pope Francis on Thursday, opening a meeting the White House hopes will highlight the leaders'...

Ukraine remains on edge as Crimea simmers

An old woman smiles while visiting Kiev's Independence square.

Ben Farmer The White House has warned Russia to keep its troops out of Ukraine, amid fears that Moscow may step in with military force following the overthrow of the president, its ally.

Ukraine latest: West and Russia square off

A woman mourns near a makeshift memorial as people gather to commemorate the victims of the recent clashes in central Kiev.

Western powers and Russia have squared off over crisis-hit Ukraine as a top EU envoy prepared to fly to Kiev to help its new leaders' tilt away from Moscow.

Julie Bishop welcomes US intelligence reforms, lashes Edward Snowden

Julie Bishop.

Nick O'Malley Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has at once welcomed reforms of American signals intelligence gathering announced by President Barack Obama and insisted that Australia’s current level of...

US denounces Israeli settlers' video attack on John Kerry

The US has lashed out at a video produced by Israeli settlers mocking US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Robert Tait Israeli settlers have released a video ridiculing John Kerry's Middle East peace efforts, undermining a plea from the White House to desist from personal attacks on the US secretary of state.

Snowden met with German lawmaker

Oliver Suess German Green Party lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele met Edward Snowden in Moscow yesterday to discuss the possibility of the US fugitive testifying in Germany as new revelations of spying by the...

Mission accomplished, says Edward Snowden

No regrets: Edward Snowden in a Moscow hotel room in December, 2013.

Barton Gellman The cascading effects of Edward Snowden's revelations have made themselves felt in Congress, the courts, popular culture, Silicon Valley and world capitals.

MAY 2013

The truth about Benghazi


Paul McGeough The shelling of the US embassy in Libya is dividing opinion, writes Chief Correspondent Paul McGeough in Washington.

Egypt violence 'serious blow' to peace efforts but no change in US policy

Secretary of State John Kerry

Matthew Lee and Julie Pace In a stern warning to Egypt's leaders, Secretary of State John Kerry said the escalating violence throughout the country on Wednesday had dealt a "serious blow" to political reconciliation efforts...

Barack Obama makes 'hash' of case for missile strikes on Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama

The White House pressed its case on Sunday for military action in Syria but faced an uphill fight in Congress, where several prominent lawmakers said they have not been persuaded.

John Kerry's offhand comment on chemical weapons in Syria that may stop a war

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley Can one off the cuff comment avert a US airstrike? When John Kerry threw out his "rhetorical, hypothetical" comment he didn't bargain on the response.

Syria timeline: how Kerry's gaffe became a plan

Nick O'Malley An off-the-cuff remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry has snowballed into an international effort to seek a peaceful resolution to the chemical weapons dilemma in Syria.

US said to charge man in Benghazi, Libya attack

Phil Mattingly US prosecutors filed a sealed criminal complaint against a Libyan man suspected of playing a leading role in the 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, according to two US officials briefed on...

Diplomat details fatal Libya night when consulate burned


Scott Shane A veteran US diplomat has given a riveting minute-by-minute account of the lethal terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11 and described its contentious aftermath in nearly five hours...

Clinton can't shake rumours she may stay a little longer

Hillary Clinton

Paul McGeough WASHINGTON: A parade of the more dynamic women from the liberal side of American public life - chief among them the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton - are in the limelight as the President, Barack...

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.

Account of attack that killed ambassador 'based on CIA information'

Susan Rice.

David Lerman and Laura Litvan Washington: A UN ambassador's account of a deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya reflected the CIA's best information at the time, two Democrats on the House intelligence committee have said.

Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

Susan Rice

Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration to be the next US secretary of state, after becoming a lightning rod for the White House's handling of the raid on the US consulate in Benghazi.

Rice withdraws under Republican pressure

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...