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 18, 2015, 4:46 AM EDT
As the death toll rose to at least 20 in what is being described as the country’s worst ever terror attack, authorities in Thailand said Tuesday they were hunting a male suspect seen on security camera footage near the bomb site, a popular Hindu shrine in central Bangkok.
August 18, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
The White House said Sunday’s attack on a market in the Damascus suburb of Douma, in which scores of women and children were among those killed and injured, was “just another reminder of the inhumane acts perpetrated daily by the Assad regime against the Syrian people.”
August 17, 2015, 4:18 AM EDT
As presidential hopefuls in the crowded Republican field strive to break out of the pack, the question of sending U.S. troops back to the Middle East, this time to tackle Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, is gaining prominence.
August 17, 2015, 4:18 AM EDT
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won an enthusiastic response from an audience at the Iowa State Fair Sunday as he called for Americans to unify to confront problems facing the nation – and made a fervent case for talking about God.
August 14, 2015, 4:23 AM EDT
The U.S. must call both Russia and Iran to account for “already violating” the nuclear agreement, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said Thursday. He was responding to a reported trip to Moscow by Iran’s Qods force commander, who is subject to U.N. travel sanctions.
August 13, 2015, 6:46 PM EDT
The number of Senate Democrats who say they will support the Iran nuclear deal when a resolution of disapproval is voted on next month continues to tick up, with 20 of the 46 now publicly endorsing it.
August 13, 2015, 4:58 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry and his department pushed back Wednesday on claims that the administration has excluded dissidents from Friday’s historic opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana to avoid upsetting the Castro regime, attributing the decision to a lack of space and the fact the flag-raising is a “government-to-government” event.
August 13, 2015, 4:24 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry noted this week that Iran’s foreign minister was visiting Lebanon, and he suggested the outreach was a sign that ostensible moderates in the Iranian government want a different, more positive role in the region.
August 12, 2015, 5:16 AM EDT
In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush slammed the Obama administration for policies which he said have allowed the spread of Iran’s malign influence and the “pandemic” of Islamic terrorism.
August 12, 2015, 4:16 AM EDT
Amnesty International, long the darling of the non-governmental human rights movement, has sparked an uproar with a decision to endorse the decriminalization of prostitution, infuriating women’s groups who accuse it of essentially characterizing pimping and the buying of sex as a human right.
August 11, 2015, 4:08 AM EDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Monday sidestepped a question on Sen. Chuck Schumer’s decision to break with their party and the administration over the Iran nuclear agreement.
August 10, 2015, 8:27 PM EDT
Among five key actions he would take on his first day in the Oval Office, Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday, are two foreign policy priorities – “rip up and rescind this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal,” and start the process of moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
August 10, 2015, 4:34 AM EDT
After a senior State Department official declined to discuss with a Senate committee “internal deliberations” relating to the decision to upgrade certain countries in this year’s human trafficking report, its chairman is threatening to subpoena information if the administration fails to hand it over.
August 10, 2015, 4:21 AM EDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Jim Webb on Sunday criticized those in his party who have attacked Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Chuck Schumer who say they will vote against it the Iran nuclear agreement.
August 7, 2015, 4:24 AM EDT
In a significant setback for the Obama administration’s no-holds-barred lobbying for its nuclear agreement with Iran, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in line to be the next Democratic leader in the Senate, announced Thursday he will vote against the deal.
August 6, 2015, 9:58 PM EDT
“Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said during Thursday’s second-tier Republican presidential debate, suggesting that if he is in the White House he will launch a federal investigation into the abortion provider.
August 6, 2015, 8:06 PM EDT
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he would far rather have had former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program than Secretary of State John Kerry.
August 6, 2015, 4:29 AM EDT
President Obama’s quip Wednesday linking “Death to America”-chanting Iranians to Republicans in Congress earned him laughs and whoops from his American University audience, but an unamused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the president to “retract his bizarre and preposterous comments.”
August 6, 2015, 4:23 AM EDT
It is both “appropriate” and in the U.S. national security interest for side agreements between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to remain secret, the State Department’s top nuclear negotiator told senators on Wednesday.
August 5, 2015, 5:11 AM EDT
House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to disapprove the Iran nuclear agreement, amid an intensifying lobbying campaign as supporters and opponents of the deal seek support, especially from Democrats.