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Iraq veteran kills three in Fort Hood shooting

Nick O'Malley An Iraq veteran undergoing diagnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder killed three people at the Fort Hood military base and injured 16 before taking his own life.

CIA interrogation tactics: controversial report to be declassified

Senate intelligence committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Nick O'Malley Senate intelligence committee votes to declassify parts of a report on the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program.

Congress members in call centres, raising funds

Change of focus: The US Capitol in Washington, where Congress meets.

Nick O'Malley Members of the US Congress now spend more of their energy begging for money than they do focused on any other single issue.

Obamacare deadline: 7.1 million sign up for health insurance

US President Barack Obama with Vice-President Joe Biden.

Nick O'Malley More than 7 million people signed up for health insurance under a controversial American healthcare law before a key deadline, prompting a celebratory and unabashedly political speech by the US...

US Supreme Court opens door wider for wealthy donors

The decision by the US Supreme Court will mean even more money in the US political system.

Nick O'Malley The United States Supreme Court has further stripped away restrictions on campaign donations in a decision that will allow wealthy individuals to pump even more money into a political system already...

US, Russian sanctions escalate - giving US senators a chuckle

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Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has announced tough new sanctions against key allies of Vladimir Putin, prompting the announcement of retaliatory measures from Moscow that have already been laughed off by some in...

State of disunion: Western Maryland wants to break free

Supervisors in the far Northern California county where residents are fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the state capitol and overregulation, have voted in favor of separating from the state.

Nick O'Malley Outside a gun show at a rural fairground, the leader of the Western Maryland secessionist movement sips black coffee from a waxed cardboard cup, toys with an e-cigarette, and explains why he is...

President Obama plays straight man to Hangover star Zach Galifianakis

Funny man ... Zach Galifianakis got a raw interview with President Obama and ribbed him relentlessly.

Nick O'Malley Those not in on the joke should have gathered pretty quickly that President Barack Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis was not like other interviews.

Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk meets Obama at White House

Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the White House.

Nick O'Malley Sitting in the Oval office with Ukraine's interim Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, US President Barack Obama has again declared the United State's support for Ukraine, telling reporters, ''We will...

Ukraine crisis: 'G7' condemn Russia

A sign at a protest march in New York in support of peace in the Ukraine.

Nick O'Malley US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Tuesday as America tries to strengthen its response to the Russian occupation of the Crimean peninsula.

Get out of Ukraine, world leaders tell Russia

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Nick O'Malley, David Wroe The leaders of the world's top industrialised powers have turned on fellow G8 member Russia, condemning its ''clear'' violation of Ukraine's sovereignty after the invasion of the Crimean Peninsula.

War of words at UN over Russia's Crimea move

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Nick O'Malley Russia has told the UN Security Council that it occupied Crimea at the request of the ousted Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, in order to protect civilians from armed extremists.

Australia co-authors Syrian humanitarian aid plan

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a resolution co-authored by Australia that seeks to extend humanitarian aide to millions of civilians caught up in the increasingly brutal...

UN adopts Australian call for humanitarian relief in Syria

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Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution co-authored by Australia condemning the Syrian government for starving its citizens and demanding both warring parties allow...

Analysis

US cuts mark shift away from 'two wars' strategy

Cost cutting: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel with General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at his Pentagon briefing on February 24.

Nick O'Malley The cuts proposed by Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel would leave the United States with its smallest army since the outbreak of World War II, shift the nation off the war footing it has maintained for...

Pressure mounts on governor to veto Arizona anti-gay law

Mounting pressure to veto the law: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Nick O'Malley Pressure is mounting on the Republican governor of Arizona to veto a law signed by every Republican member of the state’s senate designed to legalise discrimination against gays.

In the beginning was the debate, but there were few converts

Ken Ham, founder of the nonprofit ministry Answers in Genesis, poses with one of his favorite animatronic dinosaurs during a tour of the new Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., Thursday, May 24, 2007.  (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

Nick O'Malley During the debate between the Australian creationist Ken Ham and the American popular scientist Bill Nye, an ice storm blankets Ham's Creation Museum in a thick pelt of gritty, frozen rain.

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Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Nick O'Malley On Tuesday night during a debate between Australian creationist Ken Ham and American popular scientist Bill Nye, an ice storm blanketed Ham's Creation Museum in a thick pelt of gritty frozen rain.

Hollande's US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

French president Fran?ois Hollande.

Nick O'Malley You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days.