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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September 19, 2018, 4:30 AM EDT
Kim Jong Un said Wednesday he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have made a “firm commitment” to work towards transforming the Korean peninsula into a land of peace, without nuclear weapons and threats.
September 19, 2018, 4:20 AM EDT
The State Department said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s proposed ceiling of 30,000 refugee admissions in the upcoming fiscal year is just that – a proposal – and the figure could be amended by the president, following consultations with Congress.
September 18, 2018, 9:34 PM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the deadly downing of a Russian air force plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire resulted from “a chain of tragic circumstances,” stopping short of publicly accusing Israel of responsibility, as his defense ministry has done.
September 18, 2018, 4:22 AM EDT
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley charged Monday that Moscow was working to “undermine the sanctions regime” designed to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs.
September 17, 2018, 8:07 PM EDT
The Trump administration has proposed a refugee admission ceiling for fiscal year 2019 of 30,000 – the lowest ceiling set by an administration since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980 – but is arguing that that number should be viewed in the context of broader humanitarian programs.
September 17, 2018, 4:19 AM EDT
President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was “one of the single greatest acts of irresponsibility by a president of the United States anywhere at any time,” former Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
September 16, 2018, 9:37 PM EDT
The Trump administration is confronting Russia again at the United Nations – this time over allegations that Moscow is not only undermining U.N. sanctions against North Korea but trying to cover its tracks as well.
September 14, 2018, 4:34 AM EDT
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people,” the president tweeted.
September 14, 2018, 4:23 AM EDT
A U.N. expert panel on Syria is urging anti-Assad rebels – which include jihadist groups with ties to al-Qaeda – to withdraw from populated areas in Idlib, to avoid civilian carnage as an Assad regime offensive gets underway.
September 13, 2018, 4:43 AM EDT
Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Christophe Foltzenlogel of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ) called into question the terrorism and espionage charges facing Brunson.
September 13, 2018, 4:25 AM EDT
China’s communist authorities have for decades imposed rigorous controls on Christians – and other minority faith groups – but the forced closure of a large church in Beijing is underlining concerns of rising persecution levels under President Xi Jinping.
September 12, 2018, 4:17 AM EDT
The U.N. Human Rights Council, now without the United States after the Trump administration’s departure, opened a new session in Geneva this week, and gave a platform to the foreign minister of Venezuela.
September 11, 2018, 7:41 PM EDT
Russia’s military claimed Tuesday that a chemical weapons false flag incident in Syria is imminent, saying filming of a staged attack involving the outlawed WMDs is already underway in Idlib, the rebel-held region that is the focus of a major regime offensive.
September 11, 2018, 4:20 AM EDT
Bolton On Why US Doesn’t Leave the UN: System As a Whole is Not a ‘Sovereignty Threat’
September 10, 2018, 10:33 PM EDT
Palestinian officials condemned the Trump administration’s decision Monday to shut down the PLO office in Washington – although both of the reasons cited for the move are actions taken by the Palestinian leadership, which could reverse course if it chose to do so.
September 10, 2018, 8:31 PM EDT
The United States is already not party to the International Criminal Court, but in a striking decision announced Monday by National Security Advisor John Bolton the Trump administration said it would not cooperate at all with the tribunal – and will moreover take punitive steps against it if it goes after U.S. nationals.
September 10, 2018, 4:31 AM EDT
The Trump administration has recalled its envoys from three Latin American countries over their decisions to jettison diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of the communist government in Beijing.
September 10, 2018, 4:20 AM EDT
Voters in Sweden are mulling the future Monday after delivering a too-close-to-call election outcome, with the traditional center-left and center-right blocs evenly poised but with an anti-immigration, anti-establishment, euroskeptic party taking a strong third place in one of Europe’s most liberal democracies.
September 7, 2018, 4:18 AM EDT
President Trump greets supporters at a campaign rally in Billings, Montana on Thursday, September 6, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
September 7, 2018, 4:13 AM EDT
Moscow’s envoy to the U.N. charged Thursday that the release of new evidence of Russian involvement in a nerve agent attack on British soil was cynically timed in the run-up to a new chemical weapons provocation in Syria, for which the Assad regime would be blamed.