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US has no strategy yet for defeating Islamic State: Obama

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama says he has no strategy yet to launch a broader attack against Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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.

US begins air strikes in Iraq after Obama authorised military intervention

Barack Obama

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.

Obama gives full US support for creation of new Iraqi government

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation home at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama thrown US support behind Iraq’s new prime minister designee, Dr Haider al-Abadi.

US mulling mass evacuation of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar

Displaced Yazidi children, as their community flees violence from ISIL in 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.

US critics pan Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga 'brownface'

Chris Lilley's latest creation, Jonah from Tonga, has drawn jeers in the US.

Nick O'Malley Chris Lilley’s show Jonah from Tonga has commenced its run in the United States to a similar reaction it received in Australia – a mixture of poor reviews and calls for its scrapping due...

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US bombs militants in northern Iraq

A US jet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Nick O'Malley US warplanes mounted two strikes on Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq and dropped further aid to trapped refugees on Friday as the White House emphasised that its engagement would remain...

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Gaza: US in rare condemnation of ally Israel's 'disgraceful' school attack

Smoke rises following an Israeli strike in Rafah.

Nick O'Malley The United States has made a rare criticism of Israel’s prosecution of the war in Gaza, declaring the shelling of a United Nations school sheltering 3000 refugees to be a...

MH17 'apparently' shot down, says US Vice-President Joe Biden

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Nick O'Malley The United States Vice-President Joe Biden has said the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that crashed over Ukraine was “apparently” shot down, the closest the US administration has come to...

Flight of the children finds a US divided

U.S. Border Patrol agents help minors from El Salvador after they crossed the Rio Grande illegally into the United States.

Nick O'Malley Central American violence is causing a flood of young migrants to seek a new life in the US.

US struggles to protect its superpower image

Good old days: as the US struggles to pivot to the Pacific theatre, its allies wonder if it can capture the American confidence of old, personified by Douglas MacArthur.

Nick O'Malley Friends, allies and foes seem to have been ignoring the “indispensable nation”.

'We don't want you, nobody wants you!' US immigration debate turns ugly

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California.

Nick O'Malley When the protesters saw the buses carrying the children heading towards them, they began to chant and yell wave their flags and homemade banners. One woman was particularly insistent.

John Kerry and US need Egypt for regional stability despite Peter Greste's conviction

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nick O'Malley Despite the strong words from the White House, the US's strategic reliance on Egypt will give Peter Greste's family little comfort.

US condemns Egypt's ruling on al-Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry (right) and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Cairo.

Nick O'Malley The United States government has condemned the sentencing in Egypt of al-Jazeera journalists including the Australian Peter Greste in strong statements by the White House and the State Department,...

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.

Pollution in the US: Barack Obama poised to take major action

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration will announce the most significant environmental action of its period in office on Monday, declaring massive cuts in the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from the nation's...

Obama praises Australia's gun control, brings country into US gun debate

Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised...

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.

Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader captured by US commandos

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Nick O'Malley US special forces soldiers capture a man accused of masterminding the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi killing four Americans including its ambassador, Chris Stevens.