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) - Relations between China and the United States are at a "critical juncture," Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said on Friday, adding that U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan were the cause of tensions between Beijing and Taipei."What the United States has done on the question of Taiwan has inflated the arrogance of the separatist forces in Taiwan," he told a press conference in Beijing."Therefore, the United States bears unshakable responsibility for the tension in the Taiwan Strait."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Police in central England have confirmed they are following up reports that one of the world's most-wanted Nazi-era war crimes suspects is hiding out in the country.Warwickshire police spokesperson Kathy Ward said Tuesday that acting chief constable Mick Brewer had received a written notification from war crimes investigators that Latvian suspect Konrad Kalejs was living at an unspecified address in the Rugby area of the Warwickshire county.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - It's the new Battle of Britain: Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative leader William Hague have taken off their gloves as they debate the country's place in Europe - an issue that increasingly dominates the political agenda and promises to define an election campaign that's still at least 18 months away.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Acting president and former KGB spy Vladimir Putin remains a clear favorite to win Russia's presidential elections Sunday, an event hailed by some as the country's first ever democratic leadership change.Final opinion polls published Thursday predict more than 50 percent support for Putin, with little likelihood that a runoff vote will be needed.A second round would be held on April 16 in the absence of a winner with an outright majority, or if voter turnout - traditionally above 60 percent - falls below 50 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government's claim to an "ethical" foreign policy has come under fire from conservatives who accuse Foreign Secretary Robin Cook of putting the restoration of ties with Libya above security concerns.At the center of the current row is the disclosure that the government pressed on with renewing diplomatic relations with Tripoli last year despite the discovery by customs officials that the Libyans were smuggling missile parts via Britain.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Former Senator George Mitchell Wednesday briefed British Prime Minister Tony Blair on his marathon attempts to revive the stalled Northern Ireland peace process, amid signs that his efforts are reaching a "make or break" stage.From London, Mitchell heads to the United States to discuss the situation with President Clinton. He also will seek advice from General John de Chastelain, the chairman of an international commission charged with overseeing the weapons handover - a key part of the peace process.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Many Americans and others around the world have different reasons to mourn John F. Kennedy Jr. For one Israeli mother, it was the chance he offered her to fight to clear the name of her son, convicted of the most shocking crime in Israel's modern history.There is a world of difference between Kennedy and Guela Amir, but each is closely and painfully linked to an assassination of two of the century's leading political figures.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Britain has backed calls by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and seven African heads of state to have UN soldiers sent to civil war-ravaged Congo to monitor a shaky cease-fire and prepare the way for a full peacekeeping force.But Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, chairing a special Security Council meeting on the subject Monday, raised concerns about continuing cease-fire violations in what she called "Africa's worst war." She warned that the mandate for an international force would have to be carefully defined.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Clinton awaits his most antagonistic reception abroad in years Friday afternoon, when he arrives in the Greek capital, Athens, for a 24-hour visit, which left-wing protestors have vowed to disrupt. Despite the largest Greek security operation ever, at least three groups are planning to hold mass demonstrations in central Athens, and the communist party says it will defy police orders not to march on the U.S. Embassy.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - United Nations medical teams sent into south Sudan began checking up on locals Friday after setting up camp outside three towns whose residents have fallen seriously ill following the suspected use of chemical or biological weapons by Sudanese government forces.Dr. Sharad Sapra of the UN's Operation Lifeline Sudan told CNSNews.com from Nairobi, Kenya, that the teams would not actually enter the areas where bombs fell in recent weeks, until it became clear what was causing the symptoms.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British and Irish politicians faced new pressures Monday to salvage a faltering Northern Ireland peace process after terrorist bombers targeted a rural hotel Sunday.No one was injured in the attack on the hotel in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, but it was a stark reminder of what is at stake for all parties involved in efforts to secure peace in the province.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Northern Ireland awakened Thursday to its first home rule government in a generation, and the first ever to include pro-Irish republican ministers in the provincial cabinet.Under First Minister David Trimble, the new Belfast government of Protestant and Catholics today assumes control of the day-to-day running of the province, capping a week of momentous changes.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder Wednesday toured a Nazi concentration camp near Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, on a highly symbolic first visit by a head of state to Germany since the federal government moved back to Berlin, Hitler's wartime capital.Accompanied by their wives and a group of Holocaust survivors, Barak and Schroeder visited the Sachsenhausen camp, now a museum, where some 200,000 prisoners were forced into slave labor before and during the Second World War. Around half never left alive.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As reformists continued to emerge as the big winners in Iran's parliamentary election, a leading moderate warned on Tuesday that if the United States wanted improved relations with Iran, Washington would have to take practical steps to restore trust.At a victory press conference, Mohammed Reza Khatami, winner of the largest number of votes in Tehran, hinted that the United States should take concrete steps to improve relations with Tehran.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government warned it will revoke operation permits of any airlines unable to confirm Y2K readiness, and according to one aviation specialist, that suggests the possibility that airlines are not as well prepared for the millennium bug as consumers have been told.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British opposition leader William Hague's attempts to present a unified and strong Conservative Party during this week's annual conference are being hampered by a bitter internal wrangle over the party's position on closer integration with Europe.On the conference platform in Blackpool, and at fringe meetings outside the main program, senior members are engaged in a fierce battle over party policy. "Europe" has crept into almost every speech and debate.
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.