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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August 17, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
“The fact is that the Western states and regional countries have directly or indirectly supplied banned poisonous substances to militants, terrorists and extremists active in Syria,” a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
August 17, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman implied Wednesday that the former president invokes Nelson Mandela only when convenient.
August 16, 2017, 4:47 AM EDT
The governments of Israel and Jordan have – separately – both voiced concern about the growing influence of Iran on their doorsteps.
August 16, 2017, 4:12 AM EDT
The Taliban addressed an open letter, almost 1,500 words long, to President Trump on Tuesday, calling for a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
August 15, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Reassuring the people of Guam that there has been no change in threat level, the territory’s homeland security adviser said Monday the chances of a North Korean missile hitting the island were minuscule.
August 14, 2017, 8:49 PM EDT
Defense Secretary James Mattis cautioned North Korea Monday that any missile attack on American soil could lead to war.
August 14, 2017, 4:46 AM EDT
Iranian lawmakers on Sunday overwhelmingly backed legislation aimed at countering “hegemonic, terrorist and divisive” U.S. policies in the region, incorporating a raft of sanctions and increased spending for the regime’s ballistic missile program and the terror-sponsoring Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps–Qods Force.
August 14, 2017, 4:39 AM EDT
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday pushed back against a suggestion by his predecessor that the United States could “tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea,” challenging the notion that Cold War-style deterrence could work with a regime like the one in Pyongyang.
August 10, 2017, 10:34 PM EDT
President Trump on Thursday reiterated his warning to the Kim Jong-un regime not to attack the U.S. or its territories or allies, saying the North Koreans “better get their act together, or they’re going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world.”
August 10, 2017, 9:26 PM EDT
The governor of the U.S. commonwealth of Pacific islands neighboring Guam on Thursday voiced his full support for President Trump and his handling of the standoff with North Korea.
August 9, 2017, 11:20 PM EDT
Amid the latest surge in tensions on the Korean peninsula, some critics are blaming President George W. Bush for the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons – despite assertions that the regime was cheating on its nuclear freeze commitments well before the end of the Clinton administration.
August 9, 2017, 3:32 AM EDT
North Korea’s provocative actions and belligerent rhetoric directed at the United States come at a time when the Stalinist regime is strengthening ties with another government hostile towards the U.S., building on decades of missile and nuclear program collaboration.
August 8, 2017, 10:21 PM EDT
North Korea on Tuesday threatened to target “areas around Guam” with ballistic missiles, in response to the deployment of Guam-based supersonic U.S. Air Force bombers for combined exercises with South Korean warplanes.
August 8, 2017, 12:53 AM EDT
UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon. (Photo: UNIFIL)( – For 13 years, U.N. Security Council resolutions have been violated daily by the existence and activities – often under the noses of U.N. peacekeepers – of the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah in Lebanon.
August 7, 2017, 9:33 PM EDT
Kim Jong-un is featured in a January 2017 photo. posted on an official regime propaganda website. (Photo: Uriminzokkiri)( – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday laid out what the U.S.
August 7, 2017, 1:54 AM EDT
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Sunday accused elements in the United States and Colombia of being behind what his government called a “terrorist attack” at a military base that left two people dead.
August 6, 2017, 10:11 PM EDT
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was a high-profile guest at Saturday’s swearing-in of re-elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, but while regime officials pressed her to distance the E.U. from U.S. policies towards Iran, many lawmakers seemed more interested in taking photographs of and with the Italian politician.
August 4, 2017, 2:01 AM EDT
An “Islamic-inspired” terror plot foiled in Australia in recent days involved an effort to detonate a bomb – built with “military-grade explosive” supplied by an ISIS commander in Syria – on a commercial airliner, and a second plan, aimed at creating an “improvised chemical dispersion device” to use in an attack, police revealed on Friday.
August 3, 2017, 11:07 PM EDT
Ahead of the one annual multilateral forum that has U.S. and North Korean diplomats seated around the same table, the State Department has confirmed it plans to discuss ways of having Pyongyang suspended from future such gatherings.
August 3, 2017, 3:29 AM EDT
While most attention has been focused on the Russia elements of the bipartisan sanctions bill signed by President Trump on Wednesday, the legislation also – for the first time – targets Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for its support for terrorism.