Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Barack Obama dedicates new monument to honour US's disabled veterans

The price they pay: Armando Albarran, 68, lost his legs in the Vietnam War when he was just 19.

Nick O'Malley On a bright autumn Sunday in the heart of a city built around monuments to war, Barack Obama dedicated yet another, a memorial to America’s disabled veterans.

'Tremendously restrained' Secret Service pummelled for presidential stuff-ups

Not all guests welcome: a member of the U.S. Secret Service stands guard on the south side of the White House.

Nick O'Malley As members of Congress from both sides of politics energetically pummelled the Secret Service Director, Julia Pierson, on Tuesday, her agency became the butt of Twitter gags.

David Nabarro, the man leading the UN's fight against Ebola, says it is worse than HIV and SARS

David Nabarro, who is leading the UN's fight against Ebola, says it scares him more than SARS.

Nick O'Malley The man charged with tackling the Ebola outbreak says it scares him more than anything he has seen in a lifetime spent leading international responses to disasters and epidemics.

Obama stunned by Iraqi PM's 'news' of IS subway attacks

Confusion: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi, left, stunned American reporters by informing them that Iraq had

Nick O'Malley It must have been a faintly chilling moment for Barack Obama. He had spent half the week talking up the Iraqi government as responsive and inclusive, mature enough to sustain the international...

Australia's climate stance savagely condemned at New York summit

Unpopular stance: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the UN.

Nick O'Malley Nations big and small have condemned approaches such as those of Australia to climate change.

Khorasan hit by US before the public knew of them

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper mentioned the group in testimony.

Nick O'Malley Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan Group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk...

Australia conspicuous by its absence in climate debate

Modest climate targets: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at UN headquarters in New York.

Nick O'Malley The contrast could not be more stark. Even as he goes about building a coalition for war at this week’s United Nations General Assembly, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry has thrown his...

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'Australia is a Pacific island - it has a responsibility'

Messages in support of action to combat climate change are projected onto the side of the UN building in New York on September 20, ahead of the international summit on the issue that begins on Tuesday.

Nick O'Malley Pacific island nations that supported Australia's bid for the UN Security Council feel let down by its stance on climate change, says the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands.

John Kerry praises Australia for military pledge on Iraq

Addressing the United Nations Security Council: US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Nick O'Malley Addressing the United Nations Security Council, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has singled out Australia for thanks for its commitment of forces to combat Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Obama stresses US forces to have no 'combat mission' in Iraq

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has again declared he would not commit ground troops to battle against Islamic State militants as the US House of Representatives backs his plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.

Parties on rocky road in the race for votes

Mid-term election: Republican Mitch McConnell.

Nick O'Malley Americans will again go to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure footing.

Analysis

Despite General Dempsey's words, bar remains high for US combat troops in Iraq

In discussing US troops in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs set off speculation.

Nick O'Malley In saying during a Senate hearing that he could imagine recommending that US troops engage in combat against Islamic State militants, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs did not so much reveal a...

Analysis

Congress midterm elections leave both Democrats and Republicans uncertain

Tough fight: Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is trying to unseat the Republican incumbent, speaks to supporters.

Nick O'Malley With the nation’s attention focused on yet another armed conflict Americans will again to the polls in just under two months for a midterm election that neither party is fighting on sure...

Barack Obama widens US effort against ISIL, flags Syria action

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Nick O'Malley President Barack Obama has detailed his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State terrorist group, including ramping up the bombing campaign in Iraq, expanding it...

Obama building his coalition against ISIL, but direction still uncertain

Building bridges: Barack Obama seems to have turned a corner with congressional critics of his Iraq policy.

Nick O'Malley Even as he made time to speak with Tony Abbott from the White House on Monday evening, Barack Obama was gathering together national security advisers past and present to hammer out a detailed plan on...

Obama struggles to hold the centre in Iraq and Syria maelstrom

Heavy lift: Military equipment from Germany bound for Iraq is loaded onto a giant carrier plane at Leipzig/Halle Airport on Thursday.

Nick O'Malley Anyone following the Obama administration’s response to the threat posed by Islamic State this past week might have been left confused. Some might even have suffered whiplash.

Analysis

Why Obama hasn't hit back at Islamic State harder yet

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Nick O'Malley “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State, because of your insistence on continuing your bombings,” says Steven...

Islamic State militants release video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff

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Nick O'Malley Islamic State militants have released a video that appears to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff who disappeared in Syria in 2013.

Amid criticism, US strategy on Islamic State showing results

President Barack Obama speaking about the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

Nick O'Malley In the face of criticism even from close political allies that the White House has been too slow in its military response to the Islamic State threat, the White House is still signaling it will not...