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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June 29, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Ahead of a large annual “Free Iran” gathering in Paris on Saturday, the exiled Iranian opposition movement says hundreds of incidents of risky expressions of support have been taking place inside Iran – from distribution of pamphlets to the appearance of posters and graffiti.
June 28, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley speaks to reporters after a Security Council meeting in New York.
June 28, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
China was downgraded Tuesday to the lowest ranking in an annual U.S. report on human trafficking, marking only the second time it has been relegated to “tier-three” status. The last time it happened, the Obama administration was required by law to do so.
June 27, 2017, 4:32 AM EDT
Monday’s Supreme Court decision allowing President Trump’s travel ban to take partial effect pending a hearing in the fall, also impacts  the president’s 50,000 ceiling on refugee admissions this fiscal year – a limit that is fast approaching.
June 27, 2017, 4:18 AM EDT
A White House warning late on Monday night about “potential preparations” by the Assad regime for a chemical weapons attack comes at a particularly tense time in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad’s Russia ally a week ago effectively warned that it could shoot down U.S. aircraft there.
June 26, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fires flares during a flight on June 21, 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission fighting ISIS jihadists in Syria and Iraq. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Trevor T.
June 26, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Turkey on Sunday rejected demands by a Saudi-led quartet of Arab states for the shutdown of a Turkish airbase in Qatar, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the countries involved in the dispute of attacking Qatar’s sovereign rights.
June 23, 2017, 4:38 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia and three allies that have cut ties to Qatar want the small Gulf state to cut ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and all U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations and shut down the Al-Jazeera TV network, according to a list of demands seen by the Associated Press.
June 23, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Pro-lifers welcomed Thursday’s development:
June 22, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
President Trump said Wednesday he was supportive of a range of energy sources, from coal to solar to nuclear, but took a dig at wind power.
June 22, 2017, 4:26 AM EDT
A week before South Korea’s liberal new leader is due to meet with President Trump at the White House, his office expressed irritation Wednesday at the notion he would need the American president’s consent to initiate dialogue with Kim Jong-un’s regime.
June 22, 2017, 4:20 AM EDT
Weeks after the Iranian regime was infuriated by provocative comments made by the second-in-line to the Saudi throne, the target of that anger was promoted Wednesday to the position of king-in-waiting. The move could worsen the already seething rivalry between the Sunni and Shi’ite near-neighbors.
June 21, 2017, 4:19 AM EDT
Venezuela’s fiery foreign minister clashed with a senior U.S. diplomat at an Organization of American States meeting Tuesday, saying mockingly that the only way a regional mediation initiative responding to the crisis in her country could be imposed on Venezuela would be to “send in your Marines.”
June 21, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
Iran has intensified its development of ballistic missiles in recent years, particularly since the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and is doing so with significant collaboration with fellow pariah state North Korea, according to the exiled opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
June 20, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
Iranian lawmakers say the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ unprecedented firing of missiles at terrorist targets inside Syria sends a message not just to terrorists but also signals Iran’s dismissal of recent initiatives in the U.S. Congress targeting their country.
June 19, 2017, 9:19 PM EDT
Tourists pose with North Korean children in front of bronze statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. (Photo: Young Pioneer Tours)( – The U.S. government should ban tourist travel to North Korea, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep.
June 19, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
Russia has accused the Trump administration of a return to “Cold War-style” rhetoric in rolling back some of its predecessor’s policies designed to normalize relations with communist-ruled Cuba.
June 19, 2017, 4:21 AM EDT
Fifteen days after London was targeted in a deadly terrorist attack – its second in less than three months – police in the British capital stood by Sunday as flags of the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah were carried openly during a small pro-Palestine march through the city center.
June 18, 2017, 6:16 PM EDT
Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan in Dec. 15, 2008. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, U.S. Air Force, File)( – For the first time, a U.S.
June 16, 2017, 4:42 AM EDT
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed new Iran sanctions legislation by an overwhelming margin, despite earlier fretting by former Secretary of State John Kerry that it could jeopardize the nuclear deal he worked so hard to negotiate.