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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May 13, 2016, 1:31 AM EDT
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Thursday accused Republican critics of the Iran nuclear deal of being “wildly misinformed” or “lying,” suggesting they appear before a congressional hearing next week to explain their “false narratives.”
May 12, 2016, 9:55 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on a visit to Britain this week largely sidestepped an invitation to comment on the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, but did joke that he knew Europeans wished they could vote in the U.S. election – and added that he shared that wish, given his own presidential campaign in 2004.
May 12, 2016, 3:48 AM EDT
Deputy national security advisor for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told a Muslim audience Wednesday night that one of the things he was most proud of was the fact that under the Obama administration “people never have used language that suggests that America is at war with Islam.”
May 12, 2016, 2:12 AM EDT
Donald Trump was in the crosshairs Wednesday as a group of Democratic lawmakers, joined by religious leaders of various faiths, announced a bill that would make it illegal to deny entry to the United States of any foreigner on the basis of religion.
May 11, 2016, 11:46 PM EDT
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday his controversial call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States “is just a suggestion until we find out what’s going on.”
May 11, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday rejected the notion that it’s America’s job to promote business with Iran following the nuclear deal, but again underscored that the U.S. government is not standing in the way of European companies doing business with Tehran.
May 11, 2016, 4:14 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday advised the warring parties in Syria not to delay moving ahead with a political transition until after the U.S. election in November, which could bring “a host of unknowns” from the next president.
May 10, 2016, 4:30 AM EDT
Liberal Democrats in America sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel in the Mideast conflict for the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling on the issue.
May 10, 2016, 4:24 AM EDT
The Obama administration’s “surge” of Syrian refugee admissions approved for resettlement in the United States jumped by 37 percent in April – to 451 from 330 the previous month.
May 9, 2016, 9:15 PM EDT
The presence of a small number of U.S. troops in Yemen has no announced end date but would be “short term,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Monday, three days after Americans learned of a military deployment targeting Islamic terrorists in yet another Arab country.
May 9, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
Tens of millions of voters were casting ballots across the Philippines on Monday, in an election that looks likely to hand the presidency of the Southeast Asian U.S. ally to an outspoken mayor who has courted controversy with pugnacious rhetoric and no-holds-barred tactics in tackling violent crime.
May 9, 2016, 4:24 AM EDT
Reiterating his argument that a lack of jobs, more than religious ideology, lies behind the “scourge” of terrorism, Secretary of State John Kerry in a commencement speech Friday pointed to the fact that those who ignited the so-called “Arab spring” five years ago were not motivated by religion.
May 9, 2016, 4:08 AM EDT
In a barely-veiled attack on Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out Friday against an isolationist mindset and calls for a border wall, deriding “soundbite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward and hiding behind walls.”
May 6, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
A lengthy New York Times Magazine profile of President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes portrays him as a spinmeister contemptuous of the foreign policy establishment who fed credulous journalists a misleading narrative to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people.
May 5, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
Fourteen months after Iranian authorities deliberately gouged out a man’s left eye as punishment for an acid attack that left his victim blind, the imprisoned man has been told he is to lose his remaining eye within days, an Iranian opposition group reports.
May 4, 2016, 10:19 PM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday the world body should be revolted and galvanized by the fact that a U.N. member state was responsible for the fact that Aleppo, once Syria’s largest city, is “burning.”
May 4, 2016, 5:02 AM EDT
A deepening row over anti-Semitism in Britain’s official opposition Labor Party could see the party’s left-wing leader punished in his first key electoral test – local government elections on Thursday – and may even jeopardize his eight-month old position at the helm.
May 4, 2016, 4:21 AM EDT
A Navy SEAL killed during an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) attack in Iraq was “killed in combat,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Tuesday, but was “not in a combat mission.”
May 3, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
The United States military should get out of the Persian Gulf, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday, suggesting the U.S. forces go to the “Bay of Pigs” instead to conduct its military exercises.
May 3, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
Stung by Donald Trump’s assertion that as president he would get Pakistan to release “in two minutes” the doctor who the U.S. says helped to track down Osama bin Laden, a Pakistani minister said Monday his country was not a U.S. colony and dismissed U.S. aid as “peanuts.”