Nick O'Malley

Nick O'Malley

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

John Kerry draws Iran into Iraq crisis

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US concern as ISIL militants seize former chemical weapons plant

Chemical warfare agent filled aerial bombs await destruction at Muthanna complex Iraq in an undated file photo.

Nick O'Malley Sunni militants in Iraq have seized a chemical weapons facility that was once part of the military arsenal of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

Iraq crisis: 8 things Obama can do

Crisis talks: Barack Obama has signalled that America's response will not be immediate.

Nick O'Malley Americans don't want their president to put boots back on the ground, so what are Obama's options in Iraq?

Hillary Clinton: I would have armed moderate Syrian rebels

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Nick O'Malley Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from Barack Obama’s decision not to arm moderate Syrian rebels early during that nation’s ongoing civil war that has now spilled over the border into...

Suspected Benghazi attack ringleader captured by US commandos

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Nick O'Malley US special forces soldiers capture a man accused of masterminding the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi killing four Americans including its ambassador, Chris Stevens.

US sends troops to Baghdad

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant chant slogans against Iraq's Shiite-led Maliki government.

Nick O'Malley About 275 US military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama has said in a letter to Congressional leaders.

Tea Party's upset win will stir Republicans into serious soul-searching

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Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott wrapped up meetings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening, a political earthquake hit the building.

Republican meltdown after Tea Party candidate ousts Eric Cantor

House majority leader Eric Cantor, widely thought to be the next House Speaker, was ousted by a relatively unknown primary challenger in a shock defeat.

Nick O'Malley, United States Correspondent As Tony Abbott wrapped up meetings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening a political earthquake hit the building.

Al Gore: Mother Nature has 'louder voice' than Tony Abbott on climate

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Nick O'Malley Former US vice-president Al Gore says “history will not be kind” to politicians who stand in the way of climate action, and he expected Barack Obama would raise the issue with Tony Abbott...

Shock defeat of majority leader Eric Cantor by Tea Party sends shockwaves through Republican Party

Defeated: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Nick O'Malley The Republican congressional leadership has been thrown into disarray by the shock defeat of its second highest ranked office holder, Eric Cantor, to a barely known Tea Party backed insurgent in a...

Obama praises Australia's gun control, brings country into US gun debate

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Nick O'Malley Even as police were still on the scene of yet another American school shooting – the 74th since the massacre of primary school children in Newtown – President Barack Obama praised...

Analysis

Forecast calls for frosty climate-action talks between Tony Abbott and Barack Obama

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Nick O'Malley As Tony Abbott and his caravan of industry leaders makes its way south from Canada to New York and on to Washington, DC, the gulf between the PM's approach to climate change and that of Barack Obama...

Bowe Bergdahl fallout: Obama faces growing storm over returned soldier

Bowe Bergdahl waits before being released at the Afghan border.

Nick O'Malley The Taliban’s distribution of a video showing its release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has added fuel to a spreading controversy that is now seeing the Obama administration drawing fire from...

Bowe Bergdahl's release: a not-so-happy ending for Obama?

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

Nick O'Malley Normally there is not a happier story. An American soldier held by enemy combatants for half a decade walks free.

Obama announces first ever limits on CO2 emissions

President Obama has directed the EPA to introduce cuts of up to 30 per cent in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration has announced regulations that would cut the amount of carbon dioxide the US energy sector may emit by 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, the first ever national limits on...

Analysis

Obama's climate change move aims to influence others

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Nick O'Malley Tony Abbott’s meeting with Barack Obama will come as the White House defends new regulations to cut carbon emissions.

Pollution in the US: Barack Obama poised to take major action

Nick O'Malley The Obama administration will announce the most significant environmental action of its period in office on Monday, declaring massive cuts in the amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from the nation's...

MASS KILLING

Killer Elliot Rodger linked to 'pick-up artists' websites

Murderer Elliot Rodger.

Nick O'Malley 'Make no mistake that this is a war against heterosexual men,'' wrote the blogger RooshV. ''This is the war of our generation.

Analysis

'Haunted' president puts his faith in concert of nations

Barack Obama delivers the commencement address, in which he set out the limits of US intervention around the world.

Nick O'Malley Obama’s was the address of a defensive leader of a nation still reduced and scarred by the folly of its war in Iraq. It was not a foreign policy 'reset'.

US mass shootings put women in the crosshairs

Nick O'Malley The video messages that Elliot Rodger recorded reveal an inchoate rage against women that some are now seeing as part of a pattern in American mass killing.