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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December 16, 2016, 5:13 AM EST
Former senior Obama administration diplomat Wendy Sherman met with Taiwan’s first woman president Thursday and sounded wistful about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. She also cautioned President-elect Donald Trump against changing policy in the Taiwan Strait.
December 15, 2016, 4:36 AM EST
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday accused the United States – the “great Satan” – and its “little demons” in the region of creating crises like those in Syria and Iraq, to divert attention away from the issue of “Palestine.”
December 15, 2016, 4:26 AM EST
The Christian governor of Jakarta, on trial for “blasphemy,” is now being accused of further offending Muslims’ sensibilities after saying in court that his opponents were using a verse from the Qur’an in a bid to divide people.
December 14, 2016, 4:43 AM EST
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the Russian official likely to work most closely with the next U.S. secretary of state, on Tuesday described both President-elect Donald Trump and his pick for the post, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, as “pragmatic.”
December 14, 2016, 4:36 AM EST
A declaration by Iran of plans to develop nuclear-powered vessels – in response to legislation extending U.S. sanctions – is not a violation of the nuclear deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.
December 13, 2016, 4:17 AM EST
The development would be the greatest triumph yet for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies in the drawn-out conflict.
December 12, 2016, 8:18 PM EST
Chinese officials and state media reacted with anger – and a patronizing tone – to President-elect Donald Trump’s comments questioning U.S. adherence to the “one-China” policy, shocked that he would dare challenge what has long been a sacred cow in U.S.-China relations.
December 12, 2016, 4:24 AM EST
On the day his country’s national carrier signed a deal to buy 80 passenger aircraft worth $16.6 billion from U.S. manufacturer Boeing, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged visiting Shi’a clerics from Iraq, “Do not trust Americans at all.”
December 11, 2016, 7:09 PM EST
A church bombing in Cairo Sunday killed at least 25 people, most of them women, deepening concerns among Egyptian Christians that despite its promises the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has done little to improve the situation for the embattled minority.
December 9, 2016, 4:31 AM EST
Former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman may have supported Hillary Clinton for president, but he told an Iranian-American audience Thursday that he viewed the shift from the Obama to Trump administrations as “hopeful” with regard to U.S. policy on Iran.
December 9, 2016, 4:23 AM EST
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has a sometimes difficult relationship with Prime Minister Theresa May.
December 8, 2016, 4:46 AM EST
The legislation purports to criminalize only deliberately misleading information that is deemed to exert “psychological or moral pressure” on a woman seeking information about abortion. But opponents are far from convinced.
December 8, 2016, 4:27 AM EST
The United Nations human rights apparatus has yet to explain why it permitted a minute’s silence for Fidel Castro at the start of a meeting of the Human Rights Council early this week.
December 7, 2016, 4:32 AM EST
With just weeks to go before he leaves office, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power has broken with administration policy, referring in public not merely to “genocide” in the context of the Armenian atrocities, but to its “denial.”
December 6, 2016, 7:41 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry advised Tuesday against worry over about how President-elect Donald Trump may conduct foreign policy, saying it was too soon to say how things would unfold, but that he was confident “facts and science and common sense and mutual interests” would prevail.
December 6, 2016, 4:12 AM EST
Delegates of the U.N. Human Rights Council opened a meeting in Geneva on Monday by standing silently with heads bowed, after the delegation of Venezuela’s leftist government requested a minute’s silence to “honor” the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
December 5, 2016, 4:13 AM EST
Not enforcing President Obama’s “red line” on chemical weapons use in Syria carried a “cost” for the United States in the Middle East, Secretary of State John Kerry conceded Sunday, although he insisted that it was a cost based on a misperception.
December 4, 2016, 8:26 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese President Xi Jingping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
December 2, 2016, 4:35 AM EST
With one month of 2016 to go, the Obama administration has admitted a total of 14,172 Syrian refugees into the United States so far this calendar year, an increase of 625 percent over the same 11-month period in 2015.
December 2, 2016, 4:21 AM EST
Fundamentalist Muslims argue – citing the Qur’an – that Muslims should not be governed by “infidels.”