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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October 5, 2015, 9:19 PM EDT
NATO allies condemned Russia Monday for breaching Turkish airspace during combat operations in Syria and Turkey’s prime minister warned that a repeat would bring retaliation, underlining the growing risks in an increasingly tangled conflict.
October 5, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
An emerging coalition currently comprising Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria is needed to save the Middle East, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Iranian television Sunday, charging that the U.S. and its allies are using terrorism as an instrument to subjugate the region.
October 4, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT
The Obama administration’s response to the Russians’ launching of airstrikes in Syria amounts to “legitimizing their military presence in a region where for 50 years we’ve tried to keep them out,” former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said on Saturday.
October 2, 2015, 5:09 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday night the Pentagon has made it very clear in talks with the Russian military that “Russia has to not be engaged in any activities [inside Syria] against anybody but ISIL.”
October 2, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
In the face of a White House veto threat, the House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday preventing President Obama from lifting any sanctions on Iran until Tehran pays damages, already ordered by U.S. courts, to American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
October 1, 2015, 4:29 AM EDT
Some of the advice Hillary Clinton was receiving via private email during her tenure as secretary of state was deeply political – and sometimes verged on juvenile as her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal mocked Republican lawmakers.
October 1, 2015, 4:13 AM EDT
On a day when the bloody Syrian conflict took a dangerous new turn with the launch of Russian airstrikes and Iran’s supreme leader issued military threats against Saudi Arabia, the European Union’s top diplomat suggested Wednesday that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute was a global priority.
September 30, 2015, 7:55 PM EDT
Amid reports that Russia’s first airstrikes in Syria had not struck Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) positions but those of other anti-Assad elements, Secretary of State John Kerry met again with his Russian counterpart Wednesday and repeated U.S. concerns about exactly what was being targeted.
September 30, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
The comments, in an interview with MSNBC, suggested the U.S. may now be willing to see Assad play some as-yet undefined role in a “managed transition” – rather than have to depart at the beginning of such a process.
September 29, 2015, 8:12 PM EDT
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro used his U.N. speech Tuesday to accuse the West of wreaking terrorism, death and devastation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
September 29, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
Speaking to Russian reporters after meeting with President Obama on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session, Putin said Russia was always ready to improve the relationship.
September 29, 2015, 4:17 AM EDT
Any expectation that the Obama administration’s historic outreach to Cuba would bring a different tone from President Raul Castro was quickly dispelled when, in his first-ever speech at the United Nations, the communist leader criticized U.S. and Western policies from Latin America to Eastern Europe to the Middle East.
September 28, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT
U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan, and America’s support for Israel, provide terrorists with an excuse to carry out their crimes in the region, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Monday.
September 27, 2015, 11:48 PM EDT
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton fired off a scathing tweet Sunday aimed at visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, and promptly drew accusations from Chinese state media that she was behaving like Republican rival Donald Trump in a bid to win support.
September 27, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that newly-announced Russia-Iraq-Iran-Syria cooperation in the fight against ISIS had not been coordinated with the United States, while a senior U.S. official said the administration is still trying to establish what Russia’s motives are in both Syria and Iraq.
September 25, 2015, 1:14 AM EDT
Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state dinner in Washington Friday is taking place on the 35th anniversary of the launch of Beijing’s controversial “one-child” policy, prompting a campaigner against the policy to urge him in an open letter to “end the greatest human rights atrocity on earth today.”
September 24, 2015, 9:15 PM EDT
Friday kicks of a week of high-level meetings at the United Nations in New York with agenda items ranging from sustainable development to climate change to peacekeeping – but Russia’s growing military involvement in Syria and the crisis over Mideast refugees flooding Europe may end up overshadowing the proceedings.
September 24, 2015, 2:21 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office declined to comment Wednesday about claims on social media that Russia has begun to launch airstrikes against terrorist positions in Syria.
September 23, 2015, 9:16 PM EDT
The Obama administration is under fire over a State Department spokesman’s comment that the U.S. welcomes a leadership position for Saudi Arabia – widely viewed as one of the world’s most egregious human rights abusers – on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
September 23, 2015, 1:50 AM EDT
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that the administration would “welcome” Saudi Arabia’s appointment to a leadership position at the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying that the U.S. and the kingdom were “close allies.”