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 2, 2017, 7:44 PM EDT
President Trump on Wednesday signed the most consequential foreign policy legislation of his administration to date – a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea – but made clear he was doing so reluctantly.
August 2, 2017, 1:16 AM EDT
The United Nations’ secretary-general and top human rights official on Tuesday both expressed concern about the political crisis in Venezuela, but neither statement addressed the fact that the Nicolas Maduro regime is a member of the U.N.’s top human rights body.
August 2, 2017, 12:57 AM EDT
The United States “does not seek a regime change” in Pyongyang, and is not looking for a speedy reunification of the Korean peninsula or for “an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.
August 1, 2017, 2:47 AM EDT
Marking the 90th birthday of the world’s largest military Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing does not seek aggression but would never allow any part of the country to split, and is confident the People’s Liberation Army will “defeat all invasions.”
July 31, 2017, 11:18 PM EDT
The first six months-plus of the Trump administration have brought a discernible shift in the religious affiliation breakdown of refugees admitted into the United States, with a larger proportion of Christians to Muslims among those resettled.
July 31, 2017, 3:10 AM EDT
An Emirates A380 at Sydney airport.
July 31, 2017, 12:12 AM EDT
The United States sees no point in holding an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday on North Korea’s second long-range missile test in 24 days “if it produces nothing of consequence,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Sunday, after tweeting that the U.S. is “done talking” about the issue.
July 30, 2017, 8:05 PM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday 755 U.S. diplomats and staff in Russia will have to “terminate their activity” and warned that further restrictions could be taken in response to U.S. sanctions – although he added he hoped they would not be necessary.
July 28, 2017, 4:33 AM EDT
President Trump’s decision to nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to the post of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom was applauded by religious freedom advocates and colleagues Thursday, while an Islamic lobby group expressed alarm, accusing the conservative Republican of anti-Muslim actions.
July 28, 2017, 4:18 AM EDT
The U.S. Senate Thursday passed legislation targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea by an overwhelming margin, sending to President Trump’s desk a measure which the White House has not wholeheartedly endorsed.
July 27, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
“If it was up to me, I would have had them non-compliant 180 days ago,” President Trump told The Wall Street Journal, alluding to a time shortly after his inauguration last January.
July 27, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
The European Union on Wednesday moved ahead with legal action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to comply with a controversial E.U. scheme to redistribute refugees and migrants for resettlement across the bloc.
July 26, 2017, 4:47 AM EDT
Israel’s government bowed Tuesday to Islamic demands to remove anti-terror metal detectors from the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, but protestors turned their attention to a new grievance – plans to install “smart technology” cameras at the site.
July 26, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
Lebanon’s prime minister said at the White House Tuesday he was committed to a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for Hezbollah’s disarmament – but back home his government has failed to rein in the Iranian-backed group.
July 25, 2017, 4:14 AM EDT
The White House is withholding comment on whether President Trump will support it.
July 24, 2017, 8:49 PM EDT
The parents of British baby Charlie Gard said Monday the time wasted in their long legal battle to secure treatment for him in the U.S. has made it too late for their son, leading to their agonizing decision to stop fighting and allow him to “go and be with the angels.”
July 24, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
European Union bureaucrats are “in alliance” with billionaire financier George Soros in an attempt to flood Europe with refugees and migrants, Hungary’s outspoken prime minister charged at the weekend, saying each E.U. member-state should be empowered to control its own borders.
July 23, 2017, 9:42 PM EDT
Charlie Gard’s parents on Sunday disavowed any abuse and death threats directed at staff at the hospital where he is being treated, and said that they, too, had faced vicious criticism from people who disagree with their fight to secure experimental treatment in the U.S. for their severely ill baby.
July 21, 2017, 4:24 AM EDT
Islamic critics of Israel have for years alleged that “al-Aqsa is in danger,” but Israel’s installation of metal detectors that could prevent weapons or bombs entering what Muslims call the “Noble Sanctuary” – the third holiest site in Islam – has sparked an uproar that prompted threats of violence.
July 20, 2017, 5:19 AM EDT
A push in Congress to grant residency in the U.S. to the terminally-ill British baby Charlie Gard and his parents is moving ahead, driven by a lawmaker whose own fight to save her severely-ill baby had a happy outcome.