Nick O Malley on New Zealand

US-New Zealand end decades-long chill

Nick O'Malley In an amiable press conference at the Pentagon the New Zealand Defence Minister, Jonathan Coleman, handed his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, an All Blacks jersey and a three-decade military chill...

God's army

Book or Mormon

Nick O'Malley Nick O'Malley and Konrad Marshall meet the fresh-faced Mormon missionaries who may soon be knocking on your door.

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...

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...

Australia's economic freedom outranks US: thinktank

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Nick O'Malley One of America’s best known conservative thinktanks has named Australia as the world’s third most free economy, after Singapore and Hong Kong, praising Australia’s low debt and...

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...