Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining CNSNews.com in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for CNSNews.com in Jerusalem, London and the Pacific Rim. From October 2006 to July 2007, Patrick served as Managing Editor at the organization's world headquarters in Alexandria, Va. Now back in the Pacific Rim, as International Editor he reports on politics, international relations, security, terrorism, ethics and religion, and oversees reporting by CNSNews.com's roster of international stringers.

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May 26, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
Amid an ongoing war of words between the Middle East’s leading Sunni and Shi’ite powers, Iran’s state media latched onto a new irritant this week – the interaction between a U.S. first lady with an uncovered head, and the king of Saudi Arabia.
May 26, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Despite a last-minute appeal by former Secretary of State John Kerry, the architect of the Iran deal, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday passed a new bill targeting Iran for missile activity, terror-sponsorship and human rights abuses – with strong support from Democrats.
May 25, 2017, 4:37 AM EDT
Former Secretary of State John Kerry took to Twitter Wednesday to urge U.S. senators not to move ahead with legislation that he says could put the Iran nuclear deal – negotiated by Kerry, among others -- in jeopardy.
May 25, 2017, 4:27 AM EDT
Exactly one year after pledging in a speech to “cancel” the Paris climate agreement, President Trump will attend a Group of Seven summit Friday in Sicily where he’s expected to come under sustained pressure from his counterparts to reverse course.
May 24, 2017, 4:27 AM EDT
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday that the downfall of ISIS’ “caliphate” in the Middle East would not necessarily mean the defeat of committed individuals who, pretending to be refugees, may travel to Western countries and then carry out terror attacks.
May 24, 2017, 4:18 AM EDT
The U.S. is the largest contributor by far to the United Nations and many other international organizations, and cuts in the administration’s proposed FY 2018 budget are designed to prod other nations to pay a bigger share, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
May 22, 2017, 11:25 PM EDT
Police in Manchester, England confirmed early Tuesday that they believe a deadly blast at a music concert venue on Monday was a terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber who died at the scene, killing at least 22 people.
May 22, 2017, 9:23 PM EDT
Images of President Trump touching the ancient stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem will send a strong signal to the Palestinians and their Muslim allies who have used U.N. forums to contest Jewish claims and heritage at the location of the biblical Temples.
May 22, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
Iran and its destabilizing regional role was a major point of agreement at the weekend’s U.S.-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, and its foreign minister did not like the focus of attention.
May 21, 2017, 9:54 PM EDT
President Trump presented the world’s top Muslim leaders Sunday with a message that was both reassuring and direct, offering “closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce” but also challenging them to “drive out” of their societies those who claim inspiration from Islam as they commit terror around the world.
May 19, 2017, 4:13 AM EDT
People around the world “do not have the time to pay attention to what’s happening domestically” in the United States, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday, disputing a suggestion that difficulties facing President Trump at home may be affecting his credibility or hampering foreign policy.
May 19, 2017, 4:08 AM EDT
In a rare move, the U.S.-led coalition on Thursday attacked forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria, although Defense Secretary James Mattis said the incident did not mean an increased U.S. role in the Syrian civil war.
May 18, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
Neither Saudi Arabia nor Sudan have officially announced that Sudan’s president, accused of war crimes, will take part in a summit with President Trump in Riyadh at the weekend, although it seems unlikely King Salman would jeopardize what is being touted as a hugely important event for the kingdom.
May 18, 2017, 4:07 AM EDT
If President Trump wants to engage the world’s Muslims when he delivers a speech in Riyadh he should avoid “pejorative terminology” and “anti-Muslim stereotypes” promoted by some of his “Islamophobic” advisers
May 17, 2017, 7:02 PM EDT
Those responsible for violently attacking anti-Erdogan protestors in Washington DC should be charged before they leave the country, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday.
May 17, 2017, 4:35 AM EDT
Protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington on Tuesday afternoon were assaulted by men – many wearing dark suits and presumed to be Turkish officials – in scenes that stoked outrage on social media.
May 16, 2017, 9:53 PM EDT
President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan both touted the strong ties between the two NATO allies during their White House meeting Tuesday, but behind the warm words lay deep and unresolved differences over the nature and role of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.
May 16, 2017, 4:27 AM EDT
President Trump looks set to meet next week with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his first encounter with the leader of a country whose relationship with the U.S. has been characterized by resentment, distrust – and tens of billions of dollars in U.S. assistance.
May 16, 2017, 4:02 AM EDT
Three senior administration officials explained on background how Trump’s newly unveiled expanded version of the “Mexico City policy” will work.
May 15, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia has not confirmed reports that it has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to a major Arab-Islamic-U.S. summit to be attended by President Trump in Riyadh next week, although Sudanese opposition figures claim that to be the case.