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 3, 2017, 4:29 AM EDT
The number of refugees admitted to the United States dropped in March to its lowest monthly tally of the current fiscal year, even as the implementation of President Trump’s latest immigration executive order continues to be held up by federal courts.
March 31, 2017, 4:28 AM EDT
Venezuela lurched deeper into crisis Thursday after the government-controlled supreme court stripped the elected legislature of its lawmaking powers, prompting the head of the Organization of American States (OAS) to decry a “self-inflicted coup” and describe Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist regime as a “dictatorship.”
March 31, 2017, 4:16 AM EDT
President Trump may have short-term successes but will ultimately fail, and “reality therapy” – including checks and balances in the U.S. system – will make him realize that “things are not as simple” as they appear, former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan said this week.
March 30, 2017, 4:34 AM EDT
The murder in the Democratic Republic of Congo of two U.N. experts, one of whom was decapitated, has drawn renewed attention to a convoluted conflict that is estimated to have caused more than five million deaths from violence, disease and malnutrition since the late 1990s.
March 30, 2017, 4:17 AM EDT
Sen. John McCain’s characterization of Kim Jong-un as a “crazy fat kid” drew a sharp response this week from Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, which called the remark “a grave provocation little short of declaration of war.”
March 29, 2017, 4:40 AM EDT
Fresh from his trip to Washington, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday did some careful juggling as lawmakers in the House of Commons challenged him on U.S. policy positions at odds with those traditionally held by the U.K.
March 29, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
The United States on Tuesday became the second to last NATO member to ratify the accession of Montenegro, paving the way for the alliance to grow to 29 allies, in its first expansion in eight years.
March 28, 2017, 4:30 AM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that by putting countries there “on notice,” and by “actually act[ing] on what we say,” the new administration is working on changing the culture at the world body, and demonstrating that “we can do a lot.”
March 28, 2017, 4:21 AM EDT
A left-wing Swiss sociologist who advises the U.N. Human Rights Council predicts that President Trump will not serve a full term, saying that his tenure will be cut short either by psychiatric problems or insurmountable pressure.
March 27, 2017, 4:46 AM EDT
The deepening ties between Russia and Iran makes U.S.-Russia counter-terror cooperation “difficult if not impossible,” since Iran remains the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said Sunday.
March 27, 2017, 4:15 AM EDT
A Pakistani terrorist killed by a U.S. missile fired from a drone over Afghanistan last week was blamed for attacks including a bombing during the George W. Bush administration that killed at least 53 people, including a U.S. sailor and airman.
March 24, 2017, 4:32 AM EDT
President Trump’s Persian new year (Nowruz) message this week drew comparisons with his predecessor’s statements over the previous eight years, with the New York Times commenting that Trump’s greetings ignored the Iranian government and did not use the formal term Islamic Republic of Iran, “as Mr. Obama did.”
March 24, 2017, 4:23 AM EDT
President Trump’s executive orders pausing immigration from six countries and proposing wall along the southern border attracted criticism Thursday from an unusual source – North Korea’s Kim Jong-un regime.
March 23, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
Rice’s role in disseminating the White House talking points on television drew strong and sustained criticism on Capitol Hill, and may well have cost her the chance of succeeding Clinton as secretary of state.
March 23, 2017, 4:17 AM EDT
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that many ISIS terrorists are not attracted to the terrorist group because of impoverished backgrounds, but by “a radical and false utopian vision that purports to be based upon the Qur’an.”
March 22, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
Nothing has been more helpful to the fundamentalist regime ruling Iran over the past several years than the U.S. policy of “appeasement,” the head of the exiled Iranian opposition movement said this week.
March 22, 2017, 5:56 AM EDT
As Britain followed the United States’ lead in banning the carrying of electronic devices onboard inbound flights from selected airports in Islamic nations, Turkey demanded that it not be lumped together with the other affected countries.
March 21, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
As the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday held its once-a-session condemnation of Israel, the word “apartheid” featured frequently, as members drew attention to the recent verdict of an obscure U.N. body declaring Israel “guilty of the crime of apartheid.”
March 21, 2017, 4:25 AM EDT
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday expressed deep concern about the Trump administration’s proposed foreign aid cuts, warning that reductions in humanitarian and peacekeeping funding could result in destabilization.
March 20, 2017, 4:36 AM EDT
The crisis between Turkey and European countries deepened over the weekend, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubling down on Nazi analogies while lashing out at critical governments, and repeating earlier advice to Turks in Europe to have more children “because you are the future of Europe.”