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
Jerusalem (CNS) - The new mood of Mideast optimism has prompted a re-evaluation by Arab terrorist groups, with some reiterating their militant opposition to Israel, while others consider softening their stance to adapt to the new reality."It's a very interesting transitional period," Israeli counter-terrorism specialist Ely Karmon told CNSNews.com. "Very few people can say what will happen. The atmosphere is much more positive, but difficulties may lie ahead."
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) - The mother of a two-year-old child murdered by two older children reacted with shock Thursday to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the two killers had not received a fair trial in a British court.The Strasbourg-based court said that the boys should not have stood trial in an adult court at the age of 11, and that their sentences should have been set by a court, rather than a politician. But it rejected claims that their treatment had been "inhuman and degrading."
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 commentators said appeared 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) - London taxi drivers, famous around the world for their encyclopedic knowledge of the British capital -- as well as their strongly-felt opinions on a range of subjects - have bigger brains than the rest of us.New research published Tuesday in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says a key part of the brains of 16 right-handed London "cabbies" were larger in each case than those of 50 other average right-handed men.
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
Jerusalem (CNS) - President Clinton will hold talks with new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Washington on Thursday July 15, focusing on "prospects for reaching a comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbors."On the same day, signatories to the Geneva Convention are scheduled to gather for an unprecedented session, at which Israel is expected to face condemnation for its policies in the disputed territories.
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
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."