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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October 17, 2018, 5:48 PM EDT
In another move unlikely to endear the Trump administration to the United Nations, the General Assembly has endorsed, by an overwhelming margin, an “enabling” resolution giving the Palestinian observer mission powers of a member-state, albeit for a limited amount of time.
October 17, 2018, 4:22 AM EDT
When American voters go to the polls on November 6, an international team invited by the State Department to observe the elections will include six Russians, selected and paid for by President Vladimir Putin’s government.
October 16, 2018, 5:49 PM EDT
Cuban diplomats at the United Nations shouted down speakers and disrupted a U.S.-hosted event Tuesday highlighting the plight of Cuban political prisoners, prompting an American ambassador to say if the communist regime’s diplomats behave that way, one can only wonder how its police behave.
October 16, 2018, 5:00 AM EDT
The regime condemned the move as a misuse of U.N. facilities.
October 16, 2018, 4:52 AM EDT
The systemic problems that prompted the Trump administration to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council last June continue “unabated,” and there has been no attempt to prevent unsuitable countries from becoming members, a U.S. diplomat said Monday.
October 15, 2018, 5:11 AM EDT
The Taliban says it held talks in Qatar on Friday with the Trump administration’s newly-appointed special envoy to Afghanistan, aimed at “working towards finding a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict.”
October 14, 2018, 8:56 PM EDT
A Turkish police officer providing security leaves the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 12, 2018. Turkish officials have said they believe missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate. (Photo by Getty Images)
October 14, 2018, 4:10 AM EDT
Released American pastor Andrew Brunson thanked President Trump Saturday for fighting for his freedom, and prayed in the Oval Office for God to give the president “supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him.”
October 12, 2018, 4:37 AM EDT
Pakistan’s Supreme Court judges are facing threats from Muslim hardliners as they mull when to announce their verdict in one of the most notorious cases of abuse of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws.
October 12, 2018, 4:20 AM EDT
President Trump on Thursday reiterated his earlier stance that the administration is troubled by the affair and expects answers from the Saudis.
October 11, 2018, 4:48 AM EDT
The Iranian regime’s efforts to quietly resolve a potentially explosive dispute with Europe faced another setback Wednesday when Belgium took into custody an Iranian “diplomat” suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb a dissidents’ rally in France last June.
October 11, 2018, 4:39 AM EDT
National Security Advisor John Bolton, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have all spoken since Tuesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pressing him for answers about the fate of Jamal Khashoggi.
October 10, 2018, 4:27 AM EDT
The one key area of speculation Haley herself preemptively sought to quash was that she plans to mount a White House run in 2020.
October 9, 2018, 4:20 AM EDT
Next year the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to have 14 members – 29.7 percent – that are graded “not free” by the veteran democracy advocacy group, Freedom House.
October 8, 2018, 10:26 PM EDT
Overseeing the swearing-in of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday evening, President Trump apologized “on behalf of our nation” to him and his family for the ordeal they had gone through during the confirmation process.
October 8, 2018, 8:26 PM EDT
President Trump on Monday gave his first public reaction to startling claims that a prominent Saudi journalist critical of the ruling family was murdered inside a Saudi diplomatic mission in Turkey, expressing concern and the hope that the situation would be resolved.
October 8, 2018, 4:30 AM EDT
Iran’s government succeeded Sunday in securing parliamentary approval for a bill on terror financing in a bid to stave off even more international pressure than it is already under with the reimposition of U.S. sanctions.
October 7, 2018, 8:31 PM EDT
China’s secretive “anti-corruption” drive appears to have hit one of its most high-profile targets yet, with the news late Sunday that a top public security official – who also happens to be the president of the global policing agency Interpol – is under investigation.
October 5, 2018, 4:51 AM EDT
Kurdish demonstrators in Berlin, Germany use a familiar hand signal as they protest beneath a portrait of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
October 5, 2018, 4:17 AM EDT
Beijing reacted angrily early Friday to Vice President Mike Pence’s accusations that the communist government is “meddling” in U.S. domestic politics, calling the claims unjustified and slanderous.