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

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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...

Obama stunned by Iraqi PM's 'news' of IS subway attacks

Confusion: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi, left, stunned American reporters by informing them that Iraq had

Nick O'Malley It must have been a faintly chilling moment for Barack Obama. He had spent half the week talking up the Iraqi government as responsive and inclusive, mature enough to sustain the international...

John Kerry praises Australia for military pledge on Iraq

Addressing the United Nations Security Council: US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nick O'Malley Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has singled out Australia for thanks for its commitment of forces to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq.

US begins air strikes in Iraq after Obama authorised military intervention

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Tom Allard and Nick O'Malley The US re-enters Iraq and launches airstrikes to relieve a siege on tens of thousands of civilians trapped on a barren mountain and halt the advance of militant Islamist fighters.

US concern as ISIL militants seize former chemical weapons plant

Chemical warfare agent filled aerial bombs await destruction at Muthanna complex Iraq in an undated file photo.

Nick O'Malley Sunni militants in Iraq have seized a chemical weapons facility that was once part of the military arsenal of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

US sends troops to Baghdad

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led Maliki government.

Nick O'Malley About 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama has said in a letter to Congressional leaders.

Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Crisis talks: Barack Obama has signalled that America's response will not be immediate.

Nick O'Malley Americans don't want their president to put boots back on the ground, so what are Obama's options in Iraq?

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.

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

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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.

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...

Race the flame that spreads Americans' anger

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Nick O'Malley COLUMBUS, Ohio: Barack Obama wears the burden of office etched into his face. The comparison is often made between his wan, worn features today and those of the man sworn into office on that bright...

Obama's race to the finish in a divided land

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Nick O'Malley, Columbus, Ohio Barack Obama wears the burden of his office etched into his face. The comparison between his wan, worn features today and those of the man sworn into office on that bright day nearly four years ago...

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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Nick O'Malley, Washington and John Garnaut, Beijing Late one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home in Iowa.

Obama's pick for defence job irks pro-Israel hawks

Analysis Nick O'malley BY THE time the President formally introduced Chuck Hagel as his pick for defence secretary on Monday in Washington, the former Republican senator's enemies on the right had been busy for weeks...

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Obama's pick for Treasury is offside with Republicans

Barack Obama walks with Jack Lew

Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: Barack Obama's latest reported cabinet nomination - Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary - shows the President is in no mood to...