Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

Barack Obama says US gun laws must be changed, praises Australia again

Nick O'Malley US President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.

Umpqua Community College massacre: Shooter opens fire at school in rural Oregon town

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Nick O'Malley The gunman who slaughtered 10 people and wounded 20 or more at a community college in rural Oregon ordered his victims to stand up and state their religion before he began shooting, a witness has...

Syria crisis: Russia, US showdown yields awkward UN press conference

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, speaks during a news conference next to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.N., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Nick O'Malley The United States has questioned the purpose of Russian air strikes in Syria, while the two major powers say they plan to liaise over their military campaigns in the region.

Julie Bishop: ending death penalty worldwide on Australia's UN agenda

Nick O'Malley Australia would use a seat on the United Nation's chief human rights body to wage a tireless campaign to end the death penalty around the world, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said during a...

Julie Bishop looks to 'Prime Minster Wyatt Roy' in 2029 UN Security Council bid

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

Nick O'Malley The next time Australia holds a seat on the United Nations Security Council, 25-year-old Liberal National MP Wyatt Roy may be prime minister, says Julie Bishop.

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US-Russian relations in step with new Assad reality

Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts at a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Nick O'Malley One of the more revealing things about Barack Obama's speech to the UN General Assembly was how willing he was to towel-up Vladimir Putin and how delicately he spoke about Bashir al-Assad.

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Frost visible between Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin on Syria, Ukraine, history

If looks could kill...US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin toast during a luncheon, at United Nations headquarters.

Nick O'Malley The American and Russian leaders share a toast at a UN dinner, but their eyes reveal their fundamentally different views.


Vladimir Putin seeks support for Russia's ally Syria's Bashar al-Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Russia on Thursday, has been manoeuvring a bigger role for Russia in Syria.

Nick O'Malley As Vladimir Putin flagged his first appearance at a United Nations General Assembly in a decade, world leaders were left grappling with the global impact of Russia's dramatically increased role in...

Barack Obama backs United Nations development goals

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit.

Nick O'Malley Barack Obama has thrown his weight behind and ambitions United Nations set of 17 goals designed to end extreme poverty, restrict infectious diseases and halt environmental degradation around the...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg backs Australian innovation program

Michael Bloomberg and Julie Bishop at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York on Friday.

Nick O'Malley Foreign Affairs Minister's pet project, the innovationXchange, appeals to former New York mayor, who dislikes bureaucracies.

New UN sustainable development goals a chance 'to end poverty in all its forms', says Ban Ki-moon

Nick O'Malley The UN believes the goals could end extreme poverty, massively reduce infectious diseases, reduce inequality, extend educational opportunities and help restrain global warming.

Australian journalist Peter Greste to get full pardon from Egypt: Julie Bishop

Journalist Peter Greste was told by Julie Bishop in New York that he was to receive a full pardon.

Nick O'Malley The Egyptian government says it will grant the Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste a full pardon, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said after an informal meeting with the Egyptian...

How the mud map to save the planet became dirty as complexity blurs new boundaries

Nick O'Malley The simplicity of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals may be lost in complexity.

Pope Francis challenges Congress to heal world's open wounds

Nick O'Malley Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people, challenged the US Congress and by extension the world's most powerful nation to heal a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.

Multibillion-dollar lobbying caused Daraprim price hike: analysis

Turing chief executive Martin Shkreli.

Nick O'Malley How did the US government pass a law that banned it from negotiating the price of drugs? The answer is in the corridors of Congress.

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Scott Walker rebukes Trump, quits race with warning for Republicans

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announces the suspension of his presidential campaign.

Nick O'Malley Scott Walker quits the Republican nomination race with a warning for his rivals: the field needs to thin so Trump can't win.

Trailing the crowded field, Republican Scott Walker quits

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin and, until Tuesday, 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Nick O'Malley The Wisconsin governor until recently considered a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, has reportedly decided to quit the race.

Donald Trump rides wave of racism, fails 'Muslim Obama' question

A member of the audience voices his opposition to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, lower left, on Thursday.

Nick O'Malley Donald Trump fails in response to anti-Muslim comments cast in a question posed to him during a campaign rally in New Hampshire.

Pope Francis may prove to be Republicans' anti-Trump on US visit

Greeting the faithful: But Pope Francis' views aren't getting the thumbs up from US Republicans.

Nick O'Malley One of the certainties of American politics was that God – or at least his Catholic representative on Earth, the Pope – was understood to be on the side of Republicans.

Bernie Sanders, rising in polls, lands on Time magazine cover

Bernie Sanders on the cover of <i>Time</i> magazine.

Nick O'Malley Time magazine has honoured Democratic maverick by putting his image on its cover.