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
London (CNSNews.com) - Tens of thousands of British shoppers are experiencing an early taste of the "millennium bug," as malfunctioning credit-card transaction machines cause queues, frayed tempers and millions of pounds in lost revenue during the post-Christmas shopping boom.Elsewhere, the world is waiting anxiously for Y2K, although the leading American technology consultancy Gartner Group has predicted "an event, but not a catastrophe."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - European Union officials in Finland will demand answers from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin when he briefs them Friday on Chechnya -- hours after more than 100 Chechens were killed in missile attacks in the regional capital, Grozny.Russian officials denied their forces targeted civilian areas, including a street market, in the Thursday night assault, but a military spokesman told Russian NTV television an "arms bazaar" and people engaged in selling weapons to "bandits and terrorists" had been destroyed.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One day before meeting Pope John Paul II this past weekend, the senior Muslim cleric in Jerusalem caused a stir when he disputed the historically-accepted fact that the Nazis murdered six million Jews during the Second World War."Six million? It was a lot less," he told the Italian newspaper, La RepubblicaIn a separate interview with a wire service, Sabri said: "The number was less than six million and Israel is using this issue to get sympathy worldwide."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Family lobby groups and churches are unhappy with a pilot project launched in an English city that makes the "morning-after pill" available free of charge from chemists.In the past the pills have only been available with a prescription. If the Greater Manchester area project is regarded as a success after three months, it may be launched nationwide in a bid to help curb unwanted teenage pregnancies.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - One day before Australians vote on whether they should change their constitution to replace the British monarch with a president, the republican cause looks all but lost.According to the latest opinion survey, published Friday, the number of Australians planning to vote "yes" for a republic stands at 53 percent, while 47 percent of those polled said they would vote "no."Another poll had 47 percent intending to vote against a republic and 41 in favor, with a crucial 12 per cent undecided.
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
Jerusalem (CNS) - The Lebanese army has launched a campaign of intimidation against a Christian Broadcasting Network affiliate in southern Lebanon, detaining one member of the television station's staff and threatening to arrest others.Middle East Television has appealed to the State Department for help, but has been told the matter is an "internal Lebanese affair," station manager Wes Hylton told CNSNews.com Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British schools will receive guidelines forbidding them from promoting homosexuality in the classroom, as part of a government attempt to quell public discontent over plans to scrap a law that does the same thing.Education Department officials said Friday they were drawing up rules making it clear that pupils are to be taught the "importance and nature of marriage and family life in bringing up children."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Jordan has deported four jailed leaders of the militant Palestinian organization Hamas, and freed from prison 20 others on condition they stop carrying out its activities on Jordanian soil.The Palestinian Authority quickly offered Hamas the opportunity to relocate its "political bureau" to the autonomous areas.A government statement said Jordan had announced a total ban on future activities of Hamas in the kingdom and said it would take "firm action" against any attempt to revive its activities.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - A concerted Muslim campaign to punish Burger King for opening a branch on disputed Middle East territory is picking up pace, with the Arab League edging towards a decision to shut down all stores of the fast-food chain in Arab countries.A coalition of American Muslim groups announced at the weekend that the Arab League has now agreed to consider a resolution at a summit on September 4 to support the boycott.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The hijacking of an Afghan airliner ended peacefully at Stansted Airport near London early Thursday when the gunmen freed around 150 hostages and surrendered to police.The passengers and crew were released in two batches, the first shortly after 3 AM, when 85 people, including 20 women and 20 children, descended the rear steps and walked away from the Ariana Boeing 727, some holding their hands aloft.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British charity Monday called for a government inquiry into claims that health officials are practicing "involuntary euthanasia" on elderly patients in an attempt to free up beds in overcrowded hospitals.Age Concern accused the National Health Service (NHS) of "ageism" and called on the Labor government to keep a pre-election promise to tackle the problem of neglect of older patients.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Tony Blair's ruling Labor Party faces two days of embarrassing public protests during this week's annual party conference.Angry farmers, hard-hit by rising costs, falling prices, and what they see as over-regulation by the government and the European Union, plan to demonstrate outside the conference center in Bournemouth Monday, while supporters of fox-hunting are set to protest Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - NATO ambassadors decided on Friday not to send more troops to Kosovo for now despite calls by military commanders for at least 2,000 more soldiers to help quell a recent upsurge in ethnic tension.However, some countries have allowed the sizes of their troop contingents to slip below complement, and these numbers will be brought back up to strength.In a statement issued after a special meeting of ambassadors and military chiefs in Brussels, NATO Secretary-General George Robertson said everything was under control.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Half a millennium of European colonialism ends in the Far East this weekend, as the tiny Portuguese outpost of Macau reverts to China, taking Beijing one step closer to its main territorial objective - Taiwan.The return of Macau has dominated Chinese media headlines in recent weeks, a source of enormous national pride to President Jiang Zemin, who will oversee the handover at midnight Sunday.Massive, official celebrations are also planned for Tiananmen Square in Beijing. December 20 has been declared a national holiday across China.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British court ruled Friday that former Chilean military ruler General Augusto Pinochet, 83, may be extradited to Spain to stand trial on 34 charges of torturing Chileans, and one of conspiracy to torture.Pinochet was not in the Bow Street Magistrate's Court in London to hear the outcome of the hearing; Magistrate Ronald Bartle, who heard four days of evidence last week for and against extradition, permitted the defendant to stay away on health grounds.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-independence presidential candidate who poses the biggest threat to the Taiwanese nationalists' 50-year grip on power appears to be gaining ground, despite the fact his candidacy has prompted threats of war from the communist mainland.As Taiwan moves toward the final phase of its second democratic election campaign (the presidential election is Saturday), Chen Shui-bian of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused the ruling party of pulling the plug on the stock market to scare off voters from supporting him.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Ethnic Christians in the Indonesian spice islands have called on the United Nations to send peacekeepers to end bloody communal clashes between Christians and Muslims that have cost more than 250 lives over the past several days.The Indonesian Communion of Churches said international peacekeepers were needed in the Moluccan islands unless the police and army stopped the carnage.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Militant Islamic groups in Pakistan and elsewhere are challenging the newly-installed military regime to move the country away from the United States and towards a more fundamentalist position.Military ruler General Pervez Musharraf responded to one challenge over the weekend by restricting the movements of the leader of the country's most influential Muslim party, whom the authorities accused of "activities prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of good order."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Vladimir Putin Monday was named the winner of Russia's presidential election, having achieved the overall majority needed to avoid a second-round runoff.With most of the votes counted, Putin led convincingly, with 52.5 percent of the vote. His only serious challenger, Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party, did better than expected, with 29.4 percent of the ballots cast.Putin received more than 60 percent of the vote in his hometown, St. Petersburg, while fewer than half of the Muscovites who voted supported him.