Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for 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's roster of international stringers.

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June 22, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
President Trump said Wednesday he was supportive of a range of energy sources, from coal to solar to nuclear, but took a dig at wind power.
June 22, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
A week before South Korea’s liberal new leader is due to meet with President Trump at the White House, his office expressed irritation Wednesday at the notion he would need the American president’s consent to initiate dialogue with Kim Jong-un’s regime.
June 22, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
Weeks after the Iranian regime was infuriated by provocative comments made by the second-in-line to the Saudi throne, the target of that anger was promoted Wednesday to the position of king-in-waiting. The move could worsen the already seething rivalry between the Sunni and Shi’ite near-neighbors.
June 21, 2017, 4:19 AM EDT
Venezuela’s fiery foreign minister clashed with a senior U.S. diplomat at an Organization of American States meeting Tuesday, saying mockingly that the only way a regional mediation initiative responding to the crisis in her country could be imposed on Venezuela would be to “send in your Marines.”
June 21, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Iran has intensified its development of ballistic missiles in recent years, particularly since the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and is doing so with significant collaboration with fellow pariah state North Korea, according to the exiled opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
June 20, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Iranian lawmakers say the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ unprecedented firing of missiles at terrorist targets inside Syria sends a message not just to terrorists but also signals Iran’s dismissal of recent initiatives in the U.S. Congress targeting their country.
June 19, 2017, 9:19 PM EDT
Tourists pose with North Korean children in front of bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. (Photo: Young Pioneer Tours)( – The U.S. government should ban tourist travel to North Korea, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep.
June 19, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
Russia has accused the Trump administration of a return to “Cold War-style” rhetoric in rolling back some of its predecessor’s policies designed to normalize relations with communist-ruled Cuba.
June 19, 2017, 4:21 AM EDT
Fifteen days after London was targeted in a deadly terrorist attack – its second in less than three months – police in the British capital stood by Sunday as flags of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah were carried openly during a small pro-Palestine march through the city center.
June 18, 2017, 6:16 PM EDT
Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan in Dec. 15, 2008. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force, File)( – For the first time, a U.S.
June 16, 2017, 4:42 AM EDT
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed new Iran sanctions legislation by an overwhelming margin, despite earlier fretting by former Secretary of State John Kerry that it could jeopardize the nuclear deal he worked so hard to negotiate.
June 16, 2017, 4:37 AM EDT
A diplomatic row between the Trump administration and Turkey’s Islamist leader deepened Thursday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily rejected U.S. arrest warrants for members of his bodyguard accused of assaulting protesters in Washington last month.
June 15, 2017, 4:14 AM EDT
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested this week that President Trump is trying to whitewash Saudi Arabia and tarnish Iran’s name by ignoring the kingdom’s links to terrorism.
June 15, 2017, 4:03 AM EDT
Former Secretary of State John Kerry used an appearance in Oslo this week to tout the nuclear deal he helped to negotiate with Iran, arguing that it helped avoid conflict at a time when some leaders in the region had been urging the U.S. to “bomb” Iran.
June 14, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday the North Koreans must “in no uncertain terms” explain the reason why an American student released from their custody is in a coma.
June 14, 2017, 4:03 AM EDT
In some of her bluntest criticisms of the U.N. yet, President Trump’s unapologetically pro-Israel ambassador to the world body, Nikki Haley, on Tuesday slammed a new report which she said “reeks of anti-Israel bias.”
June 13, 2017, 4:19 AM EDT
An NGO representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council suggested Monday that incitement by Islamic preachers may bear a greater responsibility for Palestinian violence against women than Israeli occupation, to the evident displeasure of the session’s Egyptian chairman.
June 13, 2017, 4:05 AM EDT
The discovery of another instance of Palestinian terrorists using U.N. facilities to mask their activities has triggered a call by Israel for the U.N.’s bespoke agency for Palestinian refugees to be shut down.
June 12, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
The sentencing to death of a Pakistani man accused of committing “blasphemy” on Facebook comes three months after the government vowed to crack down on the use of social media to spread blasphemous or other objectionable material.
June 12, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
As the pressure from its neighbors starts to bite, Qatar is receiving support from two non-Arab partners, but the help from Iran and Turkey looks likely to further antagonize its critics.