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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April 23, 2017, 6:16 PM EDT
Populist right-wing National Front leader Marine le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron look set to go through to a run-off in France’s presidential election, after Sunday’s first round ended the presidential aspirations of the country’s two major political trends.
April 21, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
More than 1,600 Iranians formally applied to be allowed to run for the presidency in next month’s election, but a small legal-religious body appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has now announced that just six, including incumbent President Hasan Rouhani, are eligible.
April 21, 2017, 4:19 AM EDT
The government denies these questions are targeting Muslims.
April 20, 2017, 4:22 AM EDT
After having its application slapped down more than a dozen times by a committee often dominated by repressive regimes, a Christian non-governmental organization advocating religious freedom finally won official U.N. accreditation on Wednesday.
April 19, 2017, 4:37 AM EDT
Vice President Mike Pence sent another clear warning to North Korea on Wednesday, telling personnel aboard a Japan-based U.S. aircraft carrier that “all options are on the table” when dealing with the Stalinist regime.
April 19, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
After a campaign marred by religious tensions, charges of blasphemy, and threats of violence, millions of voters in the Indonesian capital go to the polls Wednesday to choose between the incumbent Christian governor and a Muslim challenger.
April 19, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
Defending President Trump’s decision to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Sunday’s controversial referendum win, a White House spokeswoman said Tuesday “the president’s number one job is to keep Americans safe.”
April 18, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
After a storm of protest, the New York Times on Monday acknowledged it should have informed readers that the author of an op-ed excoriating Israel over the imprisonment of Palestinians was in prison for terrorist murders.
April 17, 2017, 9:10 PM EDT
United States’ policy in the Korean peninsula has created “a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any minute,” North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the U.N. said in New York on Monday.
April 17, 2017, 4:34 AM EDT
The Assad regime on Sunday called on the United Nations to act against the United States and other governments that it says support terrorists in Syria.
April 16, 2017, 7:45 PM EDT
In a victory for Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish voters have decided by a narrow margin to usher in constitutional changes giving the president far-reaching new powers, after a campaign marked by tensions between NATO’s only Muslim member-state and European partners.
April 14, 2017, 4:17 AM EDT
Ahead of a fiercely-contested referendum Sunday on constitutional changes that would give him greater powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turks Thursday to give a clear response to his critics in the West by voting “yes.”
April 13, 2017, 9:09 PM EDT
Claims that his regime used chemical weapons against civilians in Khan Sheikhun on April 4 were “fabricated” by the U.S., colluding with al-Qaeda terrorists, to provide a pretext for Friday’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Thursday.
April 13, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
The level of trust between Russia and the United States has not improved since President Trump took office, but has “probably worsened,” President Vladimir Putin has said in a new interview.
April 13, 2017, 12:18 AM EDT
Blasting what he called “media hysteria” over a April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria, Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov disagreed sharply with his U.S. counterpart Wednesday over the Assad regime’s responsibility for the deadly assault, and delivered a curt lecture about past Western efforts to dislodge dictators.
April 12, 2017, 4:34 AM EDT
President Obama looks set to return to global headlines in late May, four months after leaving the White House, when he takes part in a discussion on democracy alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a religious festival in Berlin.
April 11, 2017, 10:39 PM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin charged Tuesday that the U.S. was wielding allegations of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime as a pretext for military action, just as in had in the case of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2003.
April 11, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
The Obama administration’s assertions about the surrender and destruction of President Bashar al-Assad’s stockpile of chemical weapons are back under the microscope following last week’s toxic gas attack on a town in north-western Syria.
April 11, 2017, 4:22 AM EDT
The Pentagon’s assessment of the damage caused by last week’s cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase stands in stark contrast to the Russian military’s claims that the effectiveness of the strike was “extremely low.”