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) - 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) - 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
(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
Jerusalem (CNS) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak voiced optimism Friday that newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak would pursue regional peace, and called on the world to allow him some breathing space."I had great hopes since the prime minister took office and we are looking forward," Mubarak told reporters after two hours of talks between the two leaders in Alexandria, "but we have to give him some time to make a reshaping of the situation."
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
(CNSNews.com) - Greek police are bracing for a week of demonstrations, security scares and the possibility of terror attacks a week before President Clinton visits NATO's most anti-American member state.In recent days, there have been bombings and shootings targeting buildings with U.S. links, and Greeks angry at NATO's bombing campaign in the Balkans earlier this year have stepped up their public demonstrations in Athens.More protests are planned for every day this week. Thousands of extra policemen are to be deployed.
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
Jerusalem (CNS) - The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has learned with shock that one of the finest Impressionist paintings in its collection was looted by the Nazis.The painting, "Boulevard Montmartre, Spring 1897" by Jewish master Camille Pissarro, was donated to the museum several years ago, and has been displayed there for the past two years. But the European commission on looted art has now identified the painting, worth an estimated $8 million, as part of a large pre-war collection belonging to a Jewish businessman who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British police have been placed on high alert following intelligence assessments that militant Irish republican dissidents will launch holiday attacks on the mainland in an effort to scuttle peace talks recently salvaged by American mediator George Mitchell. Newspapers report that security in London has been increased around the House of Commons, in the Docklands area -- previously targeted by Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombers -- and in London's central business district.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The hijacking of an Afghan airliner entered its third day on Tuesday with no sign of an early resolution. However, there are no indications that the standoff would end in violence and that a peaceful ending is more likely.British police negotiators continued to talk to the armed gang holding 156 hostages aboard the Ariana Boeing 727 parked at a remote corner of Stansted Airport near London.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israeli police shot dead an Arab man Tuesday morning after he twice drove his car into Israeli soldiers at a busy intersection west of Jerusalem, in what security officials said was a terrorist attack.Israeli Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Sharon Grinker told CNSNews.com the man drove his Fiat Punto at high speed into several soldiers hitchhiking at the Nachshon Junction, wounding two servicewomen, before speeding off.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Eleven years after PanAm Flight 103 was bombed over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, two Libyans accused of bringing down the airliner appeared in open court for the first time Tuesday.Seated behind bullet-proof glass, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, 47, and Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima, 42, appeared this morning at a hearing leading up to their trial on murder, conspiracy to murder, and other charges. They're accused of killing 270 people.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Former Senator George Mitchell, the man who spent five years trying to broker a workable peace agreement for Northern Ireland, said on Wednesday that he would not be returning to the province to help put the frozen process back on track.Mitchell said in an interview with Irish RTE radio that he was not surprised at the breakdown of the Good Friday Agreement, citing the lack of trust between the pro-British Protestant unionists and the Catholic republicans.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A former NATO commander is among those blasting a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights - a ruling that paves the way for an end to Britain's longstanding ban on homosexuals in the military. The European court ruled Monday that the dismissal of four homosexuals from the British armed forces was unlawful and violated the soldiers' basic human right to privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Russia's political scene looked set to change dramatically Monday, as interim results in Sunday's election showed communist domination waning, a leading party collapsing, and two new pro-government blocs doing exceptionally well.With more than 67 percent of the votes for the country's third post-Soviet Duma (parliament) counted, the Communist Party held a slim lead (24.98 percent) over the pro-government Unity bloc (24.94 percent), formed just two months ago by Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu and strongly backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Law-enforcement authorities in New York City are scheduled to hold a press conference Friday to announce the arrests in South Africa of several more suspects in last August's bombing of two American embassies in East Africa.CNSNews.com learned from a diplomatic source in Pretoria that a "major" announcement was expected in this regard.The source said South African authorities were cooperating fully with American officials in the investigation.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Boris Yeltsin announced his shock resignation as president of Russia Friday, naming Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting president pending elections in three months' time.The ailing Yeltsin, 68, told Russians live on state-owned television he had signed a decree "on the last day of the outgoing century," transferring his responsibilities to Putin.Yeltsin was due to stand down after presidential elections scheduled for June. They will now be held on March 26 instead.
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) - The British government Monday refused to bow to pressure to ban imports of French meat after it was revealed that farmers in France were feeding human and animal sewage to livestock.Officials fear the eruption of an all-out trade war. Agriculture Minister Nick Brown said Monday he was implementing the government's decision, which was not to impose a ban on French meat because this would flout European Union laws.