Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

US-New Zealand end decades-long chill

Nick O'Malley In an amiable press conference at the Pentagon the New Zealand Defence Minister, Jonathan Coleman, handed his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, an All Blacks jersey and a three-decade military chill...

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...

US monitored phones of 35 world leaders: report

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel uses her mobile phone before a meeting at a European Union summit in Brussels in this December 9, 2011 file photograph. U.S. President Barack Obama on October 23, 2013 sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.         REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files   (BELGIUM - Tags: POLITICS)

Nick O'Malley The United States monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders according to classified documents leaked by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report in Britain's Guardian...

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.

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...