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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...

US Secretary of State John Kerry lauds Australia's foiling of 'extravaganza of brutality'

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on

Nick O’Malley Terrorist sympathisers in Australia were foiled plotting "an extravaganza of brutality" the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has told Congress as he gave testimony in support of the President's...

Charlatan-buster James Randi, a fiery sceptic at 86

Seeking the truth: US charlatan-buster, conjuror and sceptic James Randi.

Andrew Masterson ''People want magic'', charlatan buster and professional skeptic James Randi tells Andrew Masterson. They just never actually get it.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Analysis

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...

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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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.

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.

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...

Batkid becomes US superhero for a day

Five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, dressed as

SAN FRANCISCO: A five-year-old boy with cancer has become a superhero for a day, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue.

Of myth and martyrdom

John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Secretary of Defense Robert S.  McNamara.

Nick O'Malley Beginning of the end of the American Century, or validation of the American Dream? Nick O’Malley investigates Kennedy’s contested legacy.