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Obama the invisible man ahead of US mid-term elections

Nick O'Malley It was an act of rejection of almost biblical proportions. Asked three times whether she had voted for Barack Obama, a Democratic candidate three times ducked the question.

Social media storm brews over police brutality

Heavy-handed? A polceman at riots in St Louis Missouri.

Nick O'Malley Footage of police violence against black citizens has threaded itself through social media and onto mainstream news broadcasts and front pages, while in the background, constantly, has been the...

How the US police in Ferguson became a militarised unit equipped for war

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman.

Nick O'Malley Weapons used in Iraq and Afghanistan are being made available to law enforcement with hardly any oversight.

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A slice of pizza and a one-way ticket to the big house: the three-strikes law

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Nick O'Malley The way Jerry Williams tells his story today he was just down at the beach mucking around with friends when some kids said he stole a slice of pepperoni pizza and he ended up with a 25-to-life prison...

Lawyers at 10 paces as US election goes down to the wire

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Nick O'Malley AFTER a campaign that has cost an estimated $2 billion and deluged the nation with a million television ads, Americans are facing the possibility of an election result so close it will trigger...

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Hard-fought race may end in photo finish

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Nick O'Malley Americans are facing the possibility of a result so close it will trigger lawsuits that could delay the result by days or even weeks.

Kerry for State post as Rice bows out

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Nick O'Malley WASHINGTON: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the appointment of secretary of state by the President, Barack Obama, making Senator...

Fourth gun found in shooting investigation

A woman wipes her eye as she visits a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School

Nick O'Malley NEWTOWN, Connecticut: Police have confirmed they discovered a fourth weapon associated with the mass killing at Sandy Brook Elementary, a shotgun found in a nearby car.

Death turns spotlight on America's murder capital


Nick O'Malley JANUARY was a big month for Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old drum majorette travelled to Washington to march in Barack Obama's inauguration parade, before returning home to Chicago for her finals.

The numbers men of LA


Nick O'Malley The morning watch at the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill division begins at 6am, when the shift's officers gather for roll-call and a briefing.

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Parents pull the trigger on failing schools


Nick O'Malley, US Correspondent Doreen Diaz says the worst thing about the Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, California, a desert city 150-kilometres or so from Los Angeles, was not that it failed to teach her children,...

World watches as Bradley Manning finally faces trial

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Nick O'Malley Washington: Hailed as a courageous whistleblower and reviled as a common traitor Bradley Manning, the young US soldier who provided Wikileaks with over 250,000 pages of secret US documents, finally...

WikiLeaks: Whistleblower or traitor?

Nick O'Malley, Washington Hailed as a courageous whistleblower and reviled as a common traitor, Bradley Manning, the young US soldier who provided WikiLeaks with more than 250,000 pages of secret US documents, finally faces a...

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...

Anti-gay movement apologises, closes after 37 years

Nick O'Malley Washington: In perhaps the most startling example of the recent advances of the gay rights movement in America, one of the nation's most prominent religious opponents of homosexuality has dissolved...

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...

The rise of the media's new breed

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Nick O'Malley Sure, the flight of readers to online competitors hurt America's newspapers, but it was the prostitutes that really crippled them, and this probably takes some explaining.

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.

Seeing red over map of hatred

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Nick O'Malley The red stains spread out across the maps of the US like bruises or the ink blots of a Rorschach test.

Series of gaffes leaves Romney on the back foot

Mitt Romney in London.

Nick O'Malley Mitt Romney's diplomatic foot-shooting spree in London last week provoked the trenchantly conservative Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer to lament: 'It's unbelievable, it's beyond human...