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

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.

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.

Amid controversy, new World Trade Centre riding high ... finally

US President Barack Obama looks at the pictures of 9/11 victims as he tours the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Nick O'Malley As President Barack Obama dedicated the new September 11 museum on Thursday, workers in One World Trade Centre above readied the building for its first tenant, Conde Nast.

Analysis

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...

'Busy' Obama sends gay delegate Billie Jean King to Russia's Olympics

Message to Russia: Gay former tennis star Billie Jean King will join the US delegation to the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Nick O'Malley The slights from the White House to the Russian hosts of the Winter Olympics could not be more studied nor more pointed.

Ukraine crisis: 'G7' condemn Russia

A sign at a protest march in New York in support of peace in the Ukraine.

Nick O'Malley US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday as America tries to strengthen its response to the Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

Get out of Ukraine, world leaders tell Russia

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Nick O'Malley, David Wroe The leaders of the world's top industrialised powers have turned on fellow G8 member Russia, condemning its ''clear'' violation of Ukraine's sovereignty after the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

Sandy Hook massacre: Gun lobby targets Australia

Turmoil: Residents grieve following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Nick O'Malley Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford: yes, I smoked crack

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Nick O'Malley Toronto mayor Rob Ford has finally admitted to smoking crack cocaine but explained he only did so during drunken stupors, and has declared his intention to stay in office and run again in 2014.

Legalised pot takes on state of the union

BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: Marijuana plants are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late yesterday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot.   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Nick O'Malley I was part-way through an interview with a defence lawyer and an AIDS activist when a warm sensation stole over me.

As tornado victims return, the finger-pointing begins

Residents spray paint a message on their garage door in Moore, Oklahoma,

Nick O'Malley Those without storm shelters had little to fall back on but bathtubs, closets, prayer and a native resilience that at times in the days after the tornado seemed simply confounding.

On a power trip: US rides energy wave

An electric crude oil pumping unit stands on a hill overlooking Williston, North Dakota, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. North Dakota will hold its Republican presidential caucus on March 6. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nick O'Malley A few years ago, when you headed from Bismarck in central North Dakota up towards Williston in the state's north-west, it might have seemed you were heading from nowhere to nothing.

Global power brokers 'alarmed' as US has a fracking good time

Using the latest fracking technology, US workers extract liquefied natural gas from a drill site in Pennsylvania.

Nick O'Malley The impact of the fracking revolution on global warming could be catastrophic

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.

'Hello Barack, It's Angela. We need to talk...'

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel

Nick O'Malley It must have been an awkward call. Earlier today German chancellor Angela Merkel rang US president Barack Obama to ask if the US had tapped her personal mobile phone, the latest in a series of...

US monitored phones of 35 world leaders: report

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her mobile phone before a meeting at a European Union summit in Brussels in this December 9, 2011 file photograph. U.S. President Barack Obama on October 23, 2013 sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.         REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files   (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS)

Nick O'Malley The United States monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders according to classified documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report in Britain's Guardian...

Sandy leaves US east coast paralysed

Nick O'Malley Hurricane Sandy, reclassified as a post-tropical cyclone and described as a superstorm, ploughed inland overnight, dumping heavy wet snow over parts of the Appalachian mountains and leaving New York...

Allies slow to pledge funds for Afghan forces

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

By Nick O'Malley, Chicago Australia's $300 million commitment to Afghanistan's defence forces is beginning to look spectacularly generous, as far larger key NATO allies leave the Chicago summit having made smaller pledges, or...

Independence Day battered by fury of the elements

A letter carrier for the U.S. postal service delivers mail in Washington after the storm

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: The roadside stalls are still selling fireworks and the bunting is up, but Independence Day in the US has wilted in the face of bushfires, storms and a choking heatwave.