Nick O Malley on France

US mulling mass evacuation of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar

Nick O'Malley The United States is considering leading a mass evacuation of civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq by Sunni extremists in an operation that could see its military engagement extended.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Nick O'Malley You don't hear talk of "cheese eating surrender monkeys" in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the...

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

G7

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.

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.

Careful, he can hear you

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Nick O'Malley All week long as outrage over America's vast international surveillance operation flared around the globe - from Europe to the Middle East to Asia and the Pacific - the White House cooed...

'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...

Angela Merkel's US phone frustration may complicate US-German ties

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Nick O'Malley Allegations that American intelligence tapped German chancellor Angela Merkel mobile phone have fuelled international frustration with the Obama administration and complicated key trade negotiations...

Three debates later, race is a dead heat

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana: A day after the last presidential debate and a fortnight before the deadlocked election, both campaigns hit battleground states yesterday, repeating their best lines from the...

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Rubbery Republican

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley 'Accomplishing real change is not something I just talk about, it is something I have done,'' Mitt Romney said on Friday morning in Wisconsin during one of what he calls his ''closing argument''...

Mali crisis is Australia's big UN test, says envoy

French soldiers from the 2nd RIMA (French Navy Infantry Regiment), arriving from France, stand at the 101 military airbase near Bamako on January 14, 2013, before their deployment in north of Mali.

Nick O'Malley The unfolding crisis in Mali is Australia's first great test as a member of the United Nations Security Council, said the Australian ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan, after an emergency meeting...

UN Security Council stalled on Syria, says Australian president Gary Quinlan

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council remains divided and stalled on the crisis in Syria, its Australian president, Gary Quinlan, conceded during a press conference earlier on Wednesday, and diplomatic...

UN at centre of frantic new diplomatic push on Syria

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley The slim prospect of a diplomatic solution has suddenly placed the UN Security Council, currently led by Australia, at the centre of a frantic round of diplomacy.

US turns the screws on NATO, lauds its ally Australia

NATO summit,Chicago

Nick O'Malley Officially, NATO meetings in Chicago this weekend will focus on the alliance's withdrawal from Afghanistan, improved military co-operation between the allies and missile defence.

Obama tries NATO fix for Afghanistan security

chicago protest

Roxana Tiron and Nick O'malley US President Barack Obama today faces the task of persuading financially pressed European governments and their war-weary citizens to back Afghanistan's security over the next decade.

Afghanistan deadline splits NATO members

France's decision to pull out of Afghanistan has angered other countries.

Nick O'Malley Tension over France's decision to pull its troops spilt into public view on the first day of NATO meetings.