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Smallpox found in Washington DC storage room

Lena Sun and Brady Dennis A US government scientist cleaning out a storage room at a lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has stumbled across decades-old vials of smallpox, the second incident...

Smallpox found in Washington DC storage room

A vial of smallpox vaccine. The virus was declared eradicated in 1980.

Lena Sun and Brady Dennis A US government scientist cleaning out a storage room at a lab at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has stumbled across decades-old vials of smallpox, the second incident...

Toddler squeezes through the White House fence

Katie Zezima There was a brief kerfuffle as agents scrambled to intercept the pint-sized intruder, who was promptly returned to his parents.

German MP Michael Hartmann took drugs to 'increase his performance'

Michael Hartmann

Steve Lillebuen It’s an excuse that puts a whole new spin on German efficiency.

DNA error put innocent man in jail for 26 years for rape and murder

Kevin Martin becomes emotional as he leaves the Washington DC courthouse on Monday after being exonerated for a crime he did not commit.

Keith Alexander and Spencer Hsu Kevin Martin's case marks the fifth time in as many years that federal prosecutors in Washington acknowledged that errors by an elite FBI forensic unit have led to a wrongful conviction.

Bowe Bergdahl's release: a not-so-happy ending for Obama?

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

Nick O'Malley Normally there is not a happier story. An American soldier held by enemy combatants for half a decade walks free.

Bowe Bergdahl fallout: Obama faces growing storm over returned soldier

Bowe Bergdahl waits before being released at the Afghan border.

Nick O'Malley The Taliban’s distribution of a video showing its release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has added fuel to a spreading controversy that is now seeing the Obama administration drawing fire from...


Forecast calls for frosty climate-action talks between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama

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Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott and his caravan of industry leaders makes its way south from Canada to New York and on to Washington, DC, the gulf between the PM's approach to climate change and that of Barack Obama...

China's new weapon for expansion: lawfare

Philippine Marines gesture towards a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, trying to block a Philippine supply ship reaching disputed Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014.

John Garnaut The US is looking to counter a ''three warfares'' strategy China is employing to advance territorial claims.

Assange targeted by FBI probe, US court documents reveal

Julian Assange

Philip Dorling WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange remains the subject of an active criminal investigation by theUS Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, newly published court documents reveal.

Wary Arizona businesses urge veto of anti-gay bill

A protest against the bill at the Arizona Capitol.

Some Arizona business owners are trying to fend off a possible backlash from a new piece of legislation that has the gay community and its supporters in an uproar.

NSA review calls for halt to indiscriminate data collection

Nick O’Malley The United States government should cease systematically collecting the phone records of all Americans, instead leaving the information in private hands unless it has specific cause to access it, a...

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US forces 'ready to go' for Syria action: US defence chief Chuck Hagel

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The US military is ready to strike Syria, the top defence official says as the momentum grows in France and Britain for punitive action and the Syrian opposition says it had been informed of an...

Francois Hollande: anticipation yes, but no satisfaction

French president Francois Hollande and his companion Valerie Trierweiler in September 2013.

Michael Deacon If Francois Hollande treats his women the way he treats his press conferences, I feel rather sorry for them. He starts slowly. Excitement builds and builds. Steadily, he keeps going. And going.

Washington naval base shooter Aaron Alexis 'rescued September 11 victims'


Megan Levy He had received medals for his service but the gunman reportedly suffered from anger management problems due to post traumatic stress disorder.

Horror in the heart of US power: how the Washington Navy Yard massacre unfolded


Nick O'Malley The killing at the US Navy Yard began with the work day, as 3000 military and civilian staff were settling at their desks or taking their first meetings in a sprawling facility just three...

Chicago park shooting: several wounded in Back of the Yards neighbourhood

Chicago police

Several people have been shot in a Chicago park in the city's Back of the Yards neighbourhood, police say.

Gillard takes aim at gun lobby in Washington speech

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at a forum in Washington.

Nick O'Malley Julia Gillard has defended Australia's compulsory voting system at a think tank in Washington, arguing it keeps vocal minorities like the gun lobby from wielding too much influence.

Christie paves way for 2016 White House bid

Chris Christie

Nick O'Malley Results in New Jersey and Virginia paint grim picture for hard-right Republicans in the Tea Party.

Ex-snooper in hotseat Michael Hayden gets snooped on in train, tweeted to world

Tom Matzzie and ex-NSA boss Michael Hayden

Nick O'Malley Sometime while the Obama administration was grappling with allegations that it had spied on the leaders of 35 friendly nations, America’s former chief spy was on a train giving an off the record...