Nick O Malley on Iran

'Great Satan' backs 'small Satan': Obama reaffirms stance against Iran

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent Before reporters in the Oval Office this morning, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that in the eyes of Iran the United States was the “great Satan” to Israel's...

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.

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

Vitaly Churkin

Nick O'Malley Russia has told the UN Security Council that it occupied Crimea at the request of the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.

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...

Australian Muslims accused of attacking US Muslims in Saudi Arabia

The Haj pilgrimage

Nick O'Malley A group of Australian Muslims has allegedly mounted a sectarian attack on an American group during the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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...

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...

Summit to avoid 'inevitable' US-China tensions

China's President Xi Jinping

Nick O'Malley The so-called "shirt-sleeves" summit to begin between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in half...

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

US to respond to Syria 'in days ahead'

US Navy

Nick O'Malley The US has given the clearest indication yet that it intends to lead a military strike against Syria within days even without the support of the United Nations Security Council.

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.

Obama, Kerry give mixed signals on Syrian solution

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Abdullah Ibraheen joins Syrian American protesters as they gather outside the U.S Capitol urging Congress to support U.S. President Barack Obama in striking Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people September 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to address the nation on the issue tomorrow night, with votes in the Senate and House likely to take place later this week.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Nick O'Malley As leaders around the world leapt upon the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria - a solution prompted by an apparent gaffe by his Secretary of State - US...

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Anti-war demonstrators protest against a possible military action in Syria by the U.S. and its allies in front of the French embassy in San Salvador, on September 11, 2013 . AFP PHOTO/ Jose CABEZAS

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

US right up in arms over treaty

Arms

Nick O'Malley More than 65 countries have signed an arms trade treaty that has been championed by Australia at the United Nations since work began on it in 2006.

Hope high on low-key talks

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, meets with Xi Jinping, vice president of China, in the Oval Office of the White House.

Nick O'Malley The so-called ''shirt-sleeves'' summit to begin between US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a glamorous estate in California on Friday will be the first of its kind in...

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.

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...