Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley is the United States correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Gillard takes aim at gun lobby in Washington speech

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.

Angela Merkel's US phone frustration may complicate US-German ties

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Nick O'Malley Allegations that American intelligence tapped German chancellor Angela Merkel mobile phone have fuelled international frustration with the Obama administration and complicated key trade negotiations...

'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...

Australian Muslims accused of attacking US Muslims in Saudi Arabia

The Haj pilgrimage

Nick O'Malley A group of Australian Muslims has allegedly mounted a sectarian attack on an American group during the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Tears in vain: shooting fails to sway US

Nick O'Malley 'It's just a signature away. Who else has to die before you get it?'

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

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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...

13 dead in DC Navy Yard shooting

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Nick O'Malley Civilian contractor Aaron Alexis has been identified as the gunman behind a shooting rampage inside the US Navy Yard in Washington, DC, that killed at least 13 people, reports US correspondent Nick...

Washington naval base shooting: gunman strikes close to Capitol building

Police work the scene on M Street, SE in Washington near the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.

Nick O'Malley At least 13 people including a gunman have been killed and a police officer wounded in a mass shooting at a US Navy yard in Washington, DC, just three kilometres from the Capitol building, and police...

Iraq's long shadow over Syrian strikes

Anti-war demonstrators protest against a possible military action in Syria by the U.S. and its allies in front of the French embassy in San Salvador, on September 11, 2013 . AFP PHOTO/ Jose CABEZAS

Nick O'Malley You did not have to look far this past fortnight for criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Syria, but perhaps the Republican Senator Bob Corker has been the most evocative.

Anthony Weiner runs last in bid for New York mayor nomination

Anthony Weiner and Sydney Leathers.

Nick O'Malley Anthony Weiner's mayoralty campaign ended with him dead last in the count and being chased by Sydney Leathers through a McDonald's to find a back entrance to his election night party.

Obama beats war drum against Syria

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Nick O'Malley US President Barack Obama urges Americans to support the use of military force against Syria's chemical weapons, reports US correspondent Nick O'Malley.

UN at centre of frantic new diplomatic push on Syria

US President Barack Obama

Nick O'Malley The slim prospect of a diplomatic solution has suddenly placed the UN Security Council, currently led by Australia, at the centre of a frantic round of diplomacy.

Syria timeline: how Kerry's gaffe became a plan

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley An off-the-cuff remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry has snowballed into an international effort to seek a peaceful resolution to the chemical weapons dilemma in Syria.

Obama, Kerry give mixed signals on Syrian solution

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Abdullah Ibraheen joins Syrian American protesters as they gather outside the U.S Capitol urging Congress to support U.S. President Barack Obama in striking Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people September 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is scheduled to address the nation on the issue tomorrow night, with votes in the Senate and House likely to take place later this week.   Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Nick O'Malley As leaders around the world leapt upon the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the chemical weapons crisis in Syria - a solution prompted by an apparent gaffe by his Secretary of State - US...

John Kerry's offhand comment on chemical weapons in Syria that may stop a war

US secretary of State John Kerry

Nick O'Malley Can one off the cuff comment avert a US airstrike? When John Kerry threw out his "rhetorical, hypothetical" comment he didn't bargain on the response.

UN Security Council stalled on Syria, says Australian president Gary Quinlan

The UN Security Council

Nick O'Malley The United Nations Security Council remains divided and stalled on the crisis in Syria, its Australian president, Gary Quinlan, conceded during a press conference earlier on Wednesday, and diplomatic...

Syrian crisis looms for Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan

United Nations

Nick O'Malley As Australia prepares to chair its first meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday and the White House pursues military action against Syria, Australia's Ambassador to the UN, Gary...

Momentum on Syria strike slows in West as Obama turns to Congress

US President Barack Obama speaks about Syria from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2013. Obama said Saturday he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and launch military action on Syria, but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers.             AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON

Nick O'Malley Lacking domestic consensus, UN support and NATO backing the President has turned to Congress to authorise a military strike against Syria that Mr Obama had been poised to approve.

US to respond to Syria 'in days ahead'

US Navy

Nick O'Malley The US has given the clearest indication yet that it intends to lead a military strike against Syria within days even without the support of the United Nations Security Council.

Obama honours Martin Luther King on 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial

Nick O'Malley As his military leaders prepared for a possible missile strike, President Barack Obama addressed thousands gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in tribute to one of last century’s greatest proponents of...