Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining CNSNews.com in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for CNSNews.com 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 CNSNews.com's roster of international stringers.

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July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Spain's conservative Popular Party surpassed even the most optimistic predictions to win an outright majority in the country's weekend election.Results available Monday gave Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's party 183 seats in the 350-seat parliament, an increase of 27 seats. This is the first time a conservative party will be in power without the backing of smaller parties since Spain's return to democracy in 1976.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British electricity workers have arrived in France to help restore power to more than three million homes left without electricity by three days of storms that have left 130 people dead across western Europe.For many French families, New Year celebrations will probably have to take place without electricity, the country's national power company has warned.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British police have succeeded in blocking almost all visible protests against visiting Chinese President Jiang Zemin, frustrating efforts by demonstrators to express their views of Beijing's human rights record and the continued occupation of Tibet.Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose government boasts of an "ethical" foreign policy, has undertaken to raise human rights concerns during a meeting with Jiang Thursday, but protest groups say this is not enough.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNS) - The United States has no immediate plans to follow Britain's lead in restoring diplomatic ties with Libya, which remains on the State Department's list of terror-sponsoring states.Britain announced the decision late Wednesday, following an official admission by the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of responsibility for the death of a British policewoman shot from the first-floor window of the Libyan embassy in London in 1984.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Just when it seemed the Northern Ireland peace process could not weather another crisis, a new and potentially catastrophic one has emerged -- a surprise challenge against the leader of the main Protestant party in the province, Ulster Unionist Party head David Trimble.Attempts by the United States, Britain and Ireland to salvage the suspended peace process could come to nothing if Trimble fails to fend off the challenge - or win convincingly - at a meeting Saturday of the party's 860-member council.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A controversial British historian, now suing an American author for accusing him of denying the Holocaust, has told the High Court here he stands by his claims that the systematic gassing of millions of Jews during the Second World War was "just a legend."David Irving agreed that between one and four million Jews had died during the war, but he said they had either been worked or starved to death, or shot, beaten or hanged.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Iranians Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the seizure of the American Embassy in Tehran, fundamentalist leaders questioned the motives of moderates, who are calling for better relations with the United States.Thousands attended an official rally outside the former embassy building, which now houses a training center for the Revolutionary Guards. They marked the day by burning American flags amid chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - If they were hoping for a breakthrough during Prime Minister Ehud Barak's visit to Washington, imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and his supporters have been disappointed - and confused.They have not even been able to establish for certain whether Barak raised the subject of freedom for the former U.S. Navy analyst during his talks with President Clinton.Adding to their concern are reports that the U.S. may free Pollard to reward Israel for a future full withdrawal from the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's High Court convenes for a second day Thursday to consider petitions involving former Chilean military ruler Augusto Pinochet - petitions that one conservative lawmaker says were filed by "a bunch of lefties who are hugely exercised because they thought they got an opportunity to get even, and they're going to have victory snatched from them."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - World leaders meeting Friday in Turkey signed a revised version of the treaty limiting conventional armed forces in Europe, although both the United States and Britain indicated they would not ratify the treaty until Russia reduces its troop levels in the Chechnya region.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Millions of people across the Middle East are preparing for a grandstand view of Wednesday's solar eclipse, amid concerns that the ideal conditions expected may prompt many to look at the phenomenon without taking the necessary precautions.The governments of Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian self-rule areas have declared Wednesday a partial or full holiday and have urged citizens to stay indoors. Midsummer weather is likely to make conditions clear across the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The four-man flight crew of a hijacked Afghan plane parked at a London airport escaped through the cockpit window during the night, effectively leaving the Boeing 727 stranded on the ground.Several hours later the hijackers shoved another crew member out of the plane in what a police spokesman described to CNSNews.com as a "knee-jerk reaction."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British Conservative Party leader William Hague sacked a member of his front bench parliamentary team Thursday night for refusing to back party policy on homosexuality.Shaun Woodward, a Tory spokesman on London, said he could not support the party's opposition to a government motion to overturn a law preventing schools and local councils from promoting homosexuality.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rescue teams Friday fought their way through rubble to rescue a six-year-old Taiwanese boy found buried alive under an apartment block, more than 80 hours after an earthquake devastated the island, killing more than 2,100 people.Chang Chin-hung's was one more life saved from among the hundreds still trapped. International rescuers are aware that time is running out for any who may still be alive.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A leading British conservative lawmaker in the European Parliament voiced concerns on Thursday that the row over allegations of American-British commercial espionage may be tied to an agenda intent on severing the strategic relationship between the two allies.Timothy Kirkhope, the Conservative Party chief whip in the European Parliament, told CNSNews.com that, while he had no proof, there were suspicions of a hidden motive.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Vatican has denied reports that it will establish full diplomatic relations with China in 2000 while cutting ties with Taiwan.Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in a statement that the report, carried by a reputable Hong Kong-based newspaper, "contains nothing new" and that there had been "no new developments."The South China Morning Post reported Wednesday that the Holy See and Beijing would enter into a "mutual recognition" agreement before the end of the year, paving the way for the establishment of full relations.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Slamming what he called "the great Labor lie," Britain's Conservative leader William Hague closed his party's annual conference Thursday with an upbeat speech, which commentators said appeared to be aimed at restoring party confidence after last week's scathing attack by Prime Minister Tony Blair.Blair had posed as a conservative during the 1997 election campaign, when he was no such thing, Hague told the party faithful gathered in Blackpool.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In what it said would be a direct challenge to Boeing Corp., the British government announced Monday it had approved a 530 million pound sterling ($837 million) loan to help a British company build the world's biggest passenger aircraft.With a range of 8,500 miles, the proposed European A3XX "Super-Jumbo" will have more than 550 seats spread across two decks, with a third deck available for features such as shops, exercise areas, creches and restaurants. A later version could have 690 seats.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government is coming under renewed pressure to extradite a suspected Nazi criminal to Latvia, where he is alleged to have been an officer in a unit involved in the murder of 30,000 people, mostly Jews, during the Holocaust.Nazi hunters say Konrad Kalejs is one of the most wanted World War II war crimes suspects still at large.The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), which investigates Nazis and their collaborators, has written to Home Secretary Jack Straw to ask that Kalejs, 86, be extradited to his country of origin in the Baltics.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An elderly pro-Nazi war criminal who skipped France on the eve of an appeal hearing against his conviction for crimes against humanity must have had help from high-ranking friends, an organization tracking Nazis said Thursday.The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged the French and international law enforcement bodies to pull out all the stops to capture Maurice Papon, a former bureaucrat who held senior positions in France during and after the Second World War.