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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January 4, 2017, 4:20 AM EST
The United States is expected to return to the U.N. Human Rights Council in this new year, rejoining a body almost a quarter of whose members are autocracies with poor human rights records.
January 4, 2017, 4:10 AM EST
The archbishop of Vienna, a forthright cardinal sometimes tipped as a possible future pope, has cautioned against judging President-elect Donald Trump hastily, recalling that people were skeptical about President Ronald Reagan at the outset, too.
January 3, 2017, 4:38 AM EST
U.S. lawmakers will have their first opportunity this week to respond legislatively to last month’s controversial U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel, and a vote has been lined up for Thursday.
January 3, 2017, 4:23 AM EST
Almost two years after German authorities granted a Syrian asylum-seeker permission to stay, the man was arrested at the weekend after allegedly trying to secure funds from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) to carry out car bomb attacks that would “kill a large number of people not of the Muslim faith.”
January 2, 2017, 9:51 PM EST
A pledge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to advance efforts this year to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile received a blunt Twitter slap down Monday from President-elect Donald Trump: “It won’t happen!”
December 29, 2016, 11:32 PM EST
In its last full month in office, the Obama administration has admitted 1,307 more Syrian refugees – pushing the 2016 calendar year total to 15,479, a 606.1 percent increase from the numbers resettled in the U.S. in 2015.
December 29, 2016, 11:23 PM EST
Jewish and non-Jewish voices from across the U.S. political spectrum – and around the world – have weighed in on last Friday’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel and Secretary of State John Kerry’s controversial speech on Wednesday.
December 29, 2016, 12:53 AM EST
In his keynote Mideast speech Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that both Israelis and Palestinians had “incorporated into” their respective “foundational documents” a 1947 U.N. General Assembly resolution that divided the territory between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab one.
December 28, 2016, 6:00 PM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday slammed Secretary of State John Kerry for a speech he described as “almost as unbalanced” as last Friday’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel, which passed after the Obama administration chose to abstain rather than veto the measure.
December 27, 2016, 11:30 PM EST
On the same day as the U.N. Security Council passed a controversial resolution condemning Israel, the U.N. General Assembly on Friday approved a budget that includes $138,700 to fund the compilation of a first-ever U.N. blacklist of private companies doing business in territories disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.
December 27, 2016, 12:27 AM EST
Republican lawmakers unsurprisingly slammed a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel and the Obama administration’s decision to allow it to pass, but almost one-third of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate – 15 of the 46 senators – have also come out publicly since Friday against the move.
December 26, 2016, 7:23 PM EST
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. on Monday contemptuously dismissed White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes’ denials that the Obama administration played a key behind-the-scenes role in getting a resolution condemning Israel through the U.N. Security Council, describing him as an “expert at fiction.”
December 25, 2016, 11:33 PM EST
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night put the U.N. Security Council resolution – which effectively declares Israel’s presence in the Old City of Jerusalem to be illegal – into historical context, pointing to the longstanding Jewish heritage there.
December 23, 2016, 5:31 AM EST
Information ministers from the bloc of Islamic nations meeting in Jeddah this week urged media in Muslim countries to counter efforts to associate Islam – “a religion of compassion and peace” – with terrorism.
December 22, 2016, 10:55 PM EST
In an unusual turn of events, Egypt on Thursday abruptly delayed its plan to call for a vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution critical of Israel, after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his opposition to the measure.
December 22, 2016, 4:22 AM EST
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took to social media to urge the Obama administration to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution slamming Israel in a vote expected to be held on Thursday.
December 22, 2016, 4:14 AM EST
The State Department on Wednesday rejected the notion that ties with Russia were virtually “frozen” – as claimed by the Kremlin – and also denied that the Obama administration in its final weeks has been sidelined in diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict.
December 21, 2016, 5:01 AM EST
The United Nations on Tuesday once again paid tribute to the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, at a “special commemorative event” presided over by the president of the U.N. General Assembly.
December 20, 2016, 4:26 AM EST
A State Department spokesman on Monday chose his words carefully in condemning the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey and the killing of 12 people run down by a truck at a Christmas market in Germany.
December 20, 2016, 4:20 AM EST
Citing the Paris climate accord as his greatest accomplishment in office, outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that abandoning or damaging it would “condemn future generations to untold suffering.”