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 18, 2016, 10:21 PM EDT
Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority spilled over into the U.N. Security Council on Monday, in a rare slanging match at the world body’s top table over incitement and terrorism.
April 18, 2016, 4:27 AM EDT
A summit of Islamic countries made headlines for its criticism of Iran for supporting terror, but little attention was paid to the gathering’s reaffirmation of a controversial stance that the fight against “foreign occupation” does not constitute terrorism.
April 18, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
For a record 14th year in a row, the State Department has overruled the advice of an independent statutory watchdog and decided not to blacklist Pakistan for religious freedom abuses.
April 17, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT
The tenor of elements of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign has drawn sharp criticism from the top United Nations human rights official, who cited “bigotry” and the “demonizing” of minorities and targeted Donald Trump – without naming him – for comments supportive of waterboarding terror suspects.
April 15, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
The shock allegation – that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate financed the Haqqani network’s suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees at Camp Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan on December 30, 2009 – is contained in a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document, marked secret and dated February 6 of the following year.
April 15, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
Any attempt by Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program would jeopardize international unity, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said Wednesday.
April 14, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
The theme of the annual summit is “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace,” but ill-will between Iran and Saudi Arabia – which are backing opposing sides in the civil wars in Syria and Yemen – has been evident during preparatory meetings involving foreign ministers this week.
April 13, 2016, 8:20 PM EDT
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) is urging its followers to kill identified Muslim figures in the West, saying they are “obligatory” targets unless they “openly repent from kufr [disbelief] before they are apprehended.”
April 13, 2016, 4:24 AM EDT
Just days before President Obama is due to visit Saudi Arabia, a retired senator who is pushing for the administration to declassify documents that could highlight links between prominent Saudis and the 9/11 terror attacks said Tuesday a White House official informs him its review could be completed soon.
April 13, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
The Obama administration’s fast-tracking of Syrian refugee applications is “a threat to our national security,” Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) said on Tuesday.
April 12, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the fact that perpetrators of recent terrorist attacks in Europe were European nationals proves that the West, especially the United States, is not serious about fighting against terrorism, according to a report on his official website.
April 11, 2016, 10:48 PM EDT
After becoming the most senior U.S. administration figure yet to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Monday “everyone” should visit the site, and that he hopes that one day that will include the president of the United States.
April 11, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday became the most senior American official yet to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, a shrine to the first ever-use of an atomic bomb in war.  President Obama has expressed interest in visiting Hiroshima before the end of his presidency.
April 11, 2016, 4:09 AM EDT
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hit back Sunday at his erstwhile nuclear negotiation partner Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting that Iran may consider negotiating an end to its ballistic missile program.
April 10, 2016, 8:31 PM EDT
As the administration pushes ahead with a “surge” of Syrian refugee processing aimed at reaching its target of 10,000 this fiscal year, the proportion of Christians among those admitted remains smaller than one percent of the total.
April 8, 2016, 4:33 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to Iran on Thursday to work constructively to help end the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, holding out the prospect of some form of new regional security “arrangement” should Tehran choose to cooperate.
April 8, 2016, 4:20 AM EDT
The State Department on Thursday rejected allegations – by Russian President Vladimir Putin or anyone else – that the U.S. government had a hand in the leak of the so-called Panama Papers, millions of documents revealing the offshore holdings of politicians, businesspeople, and celebrities.
April 7, 2016, 4:26 AM EDT
In a blow to Iranian-backed terrorism, Egypt’s satellite operator has stopped beaming Hezbollah’s television station into millions of households across the region. Hezbollah complained that the decision serves the goals of its bitter foe, Israel.
April 7, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
As the Obama administration institutes a “surge” aimed at meeting its goal – currently way off-target – of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, the Associated Press has cited an official at the U.S. Embassy in Amman as saying that the time taken to process each admission is being cut to three months.
April 6, 2016, 12:19 AM EDT
A senior State Department official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that in his view Iran’s recent ballistic missile launches “violated the intent of” a resolution passed by the U.N. Security Council last July.