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) - Britain's opposition leader, William Hague, rallied his Conservative Party over the weekend, assuring activists the party could reverse Labor's huge majority and win the next general election.Hague highlighted a series of crises and embarrassments plaguing Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling him "the control freak who's lost control."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Facing a barrage of global condemnation about the war in Chechnya, Russian President Boris Yeltsin Wednesday heads for China, the one country that has backed Moscow's strategy in the Caucasus, and which itself has been stung by Western criticism this week. On Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Beijing supported the Russian military campaign in Chechnya, which it called an attempt to protect territorial integrity and a "purely internal matter."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - He may have declared the "class war" dead in his Labor Party conference speech this week, but British Prime Minister Tony Blair has unleashed strong feelings and public debate over his labeling of the "forces of conservatism" as the enemy of Britain.Conservative Party leader William Hague and a number of commentators have rejected Blair's suggestion that blame for everything wrong in Britain - and elsewhere - should be laid at conservatism's door.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - European Union governments Tuesday reacted coolly to the decision by Joerg Haider to step down as leader of Austria's Freedom Party, while media commentators and political opponents described the move as a tactical ploy.The 50-year old populist - criticized for past remarks sympathetic to aspects of Nazi policy -- said Monday he did "not exclude" a possible future bid to become chancellor.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain will write off billions of pounds in debt owed by 41 of the world's poorest nations and hopes other industrialized countries will follow suit, its finance minister announced on Tuesday.Chancellor Gordon Brown warned that countries which did not use the money to relieve poverty by means of monitored poverty reduction plans would be disqualified from the offer.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Flanked by pro-European Conservatives Kenneth Clarke and Michael Heseltine, Prime Minister Tony Blair hit back Thursday at what he called the "shrill" arguments of the anti-European faction in British politics.One week after the opposition Conservative Party held its most "Euro-skeptic" conference in years, Blair, Clarke and Heseltine helped launch the cross-party "Britain in Europe" campaign in central London.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taiwan put its armed forces on high alert Thursday ahead of Saturday's presidential election, after China's latest threat to use force against the island if it moves further toward independence.According to Asian press reports, Defense Minister Tang Fei said there had been no sign of major military activity on the communist-ruled mainland.He said the island did not seek war with China, but neither did it fear conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The goodwill that characterized New Year celebrations in much of the world has been noticeably absent in others, where bloody conflict and hostile rhetoric make it clear the start of the new century will be no more peaceful than the old.In Lebanon and Egypt, Kashmir and Chechnya, the first days of 2000 have brought more bloodshed, while leaders in Iran, China and India have affirmed that old religious and other hatreds persist.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's House of Lords has voted to end the 800-year-old right of hereditary peers to make legislation, a step that will leave just 92 of 750 lords and ladies with the inherited right to sit and vote in the upper chamber of parliament.The House, dominated by the Conservative Party, debated late into the night Tuesday on whether to vote itself out of existence in its current form, eventually approving the move by 221 votes to 81.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Prime Minister Ehud Barak left Israel Wednesday to meet an administration in Washington with several agendas, and more than one American personality eager to reap advantage from the visit.As a result, say Israeli analysts, the tackling of substantive issues may play second fiddle to photo-ops."The U.S. administration is going out of its way to make the visit a success," said Shmuel Sandler, who specializes in U.S.-Israel affairs at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Relations between Britain and its former southern African colony Zimbabwe have hit a low point, with a British minister Thursday accusing President Robert Mugabe of "increasingly irrational" behavior.Peter Hain, foreign office minister responsible for Africa, told the BBC that Britain, the United States and all donor countries were finding that it was "almost impossible to have a sensible dialogue with the Zimbabwean government."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government ventured into the deep waters of corporal punishment Tuesday, publishing a so-called "consultation paper" to discuss when, how and if English parents should smack their children.It quickly prompted criticism, both from family groups who feel parents should have the right to discipline children by spanking them or hitting them, and from children's charities, which want corporal punishment outlawed altogether.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A series of blasts occurred within minutes of each other Friday in the vicinity of American and United Nations offices in Pakistan's federal capital, Islamabad.Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, they came at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and the Taliban militia, which rules most of neighboring Afghanistan. UN sanctions are due to be imposed on the Taliban if it fails to hand over terror suspect Osama bin Laden by a Sunday deadline.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - In their first substantive talks late Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat got stuck on the issue of frozen interim agreements, failing to find common ground on how to move ahead.Barak asked Arafat to consider new ideas on postponing some elements of the outstanding Wye River Memorandum, while jumping straight into "final status" talks on the major unresolved issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A small English town struggled Tuesday to come to terms with the fact that their mild-mannered local doctor was a mass murderer who killed patients by injecting them with heroin. The case has prompted public demands for an inquiry into how the killing spree could continue unchecked, and a health minister will address lawmakers later Tuesday on the matter.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A day before Northern Ireland's largest unionist party votes on whether to approve a compromise deal to salvage the frozen peace process, a survey shows the party split down the middle. The future of the peace process - and the political future of Ulster Unionist Party leader and Nobel Prize winner David Trimble - could be affected by Saturday's crucial vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - China is mobilizing a large military force in its province nearest to Taiwan as part of a campaign to pressure the island into backing down from recent statements highlighting its equality with the mainland, a Hong Kong-based newspaper reported Thursday.Thousands of militiamen and reservists had been called up to form part of a planned force of more than 500,000 to be deployed in the Fujian region, across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Straits, the independent South China Morning Post said.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - At least two British lawmakers were among some 160 protestors arrested Monday while blockading a nuclear submarine base in Scotland.A number of Roman Catholic and Episcopalian churchmen also participated in the demonstration, staged on Valentine's Day and characterized by calls for love and peace.Organizers released a copy of a fax received from the Scottish actor Sean Connery in Los Angeles, pledging his support for their action against the Faslane nuclear submarine base on the River Clyde, where Britain's Trident submarines are based.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin's belligerent statements in response to Western condemnation of the military campaign in Chechnya should "not be taken very seriously," the European Union's new foreign affairs and defense co-ordinator, Javier Solana, said Thursday.Solana, a former secretary-general of NATO, was reacting to remarks attributed to Yeltsin during the first day of a visit to China, in which he reminded the West - and President Clinton in particular - that Russia was a nuclear power.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Mass rallies by Serbs demanding President Slobodan Milosevic's resignation continue daily on Yugoslav streets, but the opposition looks too weak and too divided ever to achieve that goal.Moreover, the risks Serbs face in taking to the streets are so considerable, relatively few are prepared to do so. Unlike protests of 1991 and 1996-7, when hundreds of thousands participated, the biggest turnout in the recent series of rallies was 50,000, in Belgrade at the weekend.