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 (CNSNews.com) - Muslim groups promoting a boycott of Burger King for opening a restaurant in a Jewish settlement on disputed land are urging supporters to hold demonstrations next week at stores across America."Next week Muslims, Arabs and concerned persons across the country will be showing their disapproval of the restaurant in the West Bank by protesting at local Burger King outlets," American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) said in a statement emailed to supporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British and Irish governments launched stepped-up efforts on Monday to pick up the pieces of the Northern Ireland peace agreement as cracks began to show in the solidarity London and Dublin have built during the process.In an article published on Monday, Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern suggested that the British government had created a constitutional difficulty for Ireland by unilaterally suspending the home rule experiment begun in the province late last year.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Ninety-nine per cent of Britain's large companies are confident they will be prepared to handle the millennium bug when the year 2000 arrives, according to Action 2000, the government's official advisory body on the Y2K problem.Action 2000 says its research shows that 77 percent of the top 500 companies are now ready, and another 22 percent believe they will have finalized preparations by the end of the year.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British Islamist group has called for a Muslim military alliance, similar to NATO, to defend the lives of Muslims facing aggression in places like Chechnya.Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed, leader of al-Muhajiroun, told CNSNews.com Friday the group was already involved in recruiting Muslims for the jihad (holy war) in Chechnya and elsewhere in Central Asia."We condemn what is happening in Chechnya, and warn Russia that it is fighting the entire Muslim uma (world)."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Twenty per cent more women in Britain had abortions at clinics run by a leading agency in the first two months of 2000 than in previous years, an increase Marie Stopes International attributed on Wednesday to the lack of availability of the "morning-after pill" over the holidays.However, pro-life activists challenged the argument, saying they suspected the agency was simply trying to push its agenda of promoting even freer access to what it calls "emergency contraception."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - A British Islamic court has forbidden Muslims to participate in millennium celebrations, particularly those to be held at London's newly-completed Millennium Dome.The Shari'a Court of the UK said in a decree that even though a prayer area has been built to accommodate Muslims alongside the Dome, they should stay away.Not only were the planned revelries unacceptable, the court said, but because of fears that terrorists may attack the Dome, Muslims should not visit.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Human rights groups have called on the British government to raise serious concerns about rights abuses with Chinese President Jiang Zemin when he visits the country next week.During his first visit to Britain, Jiang will be accorded full honors as head of state, staying at Buckingham Palace, hosting and being hosted by Queen Elizabeth, and holding talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair.He will also address a select audience at Cambridge University, among other meetings.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As the United Nations annual human rights gathering begins in Geneva Monday, a leading rights group has called for a specific focus on abuses in China and Saudi Arabia, both of whom it alleges enjoy kid-glove treatment because of their strategic importance.No country should be seen as "untouchable" by the UN Commission on Human Rights, said Stephanie Farrior of Amnesty International.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As British financial markets resumed operations Tuesday with no problems reported, the government echoed others around the world in defending the enormous sums spent preparing for the Y2K bug."Things do not go right by accident," said Margaret Beckett, minister in charge of preparations for the "millennium bug." The country owed a "great debt of gratitude" to all those who had helped ensure computers didn't crash and cause chaos on January 1.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - French Jews have been demonstrating in Paris to protest the first official visit by an Iranian president in 20 years, highlighting the plight of 13 Iranian Jews being held on charges of spying for Israel and the United States.Theirs is not the only protest President Mohammed Khatami has faced during a visit aimed as achieving closer ties with the European Union. Human rights groups and Iranian opposition activists have also demonstrated since the three-day visit began Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israel Thursday dismissed as a flop a United Nations-mandated conference of signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which convened briefly in Switzerland, boycotted by Israel, the United States, Canada and Australia."What was meant to be a big political bang ended in a whisper," Israel's ambassador to Switzerland, Yitzhak Mayer, told CNSNews.com."From the outset, this should never have been on the agenda of the international community," he said in an interview from Geneva.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's deepening diplomatic row with its former southern African colony Zimbabwe threatens to overshadow the first ever Africa-Europe summit which begins in Cairo Monday.British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook Sunday criticized the Zimbabwe authorities after armed Mugabe supporters broke up a peaceful political demonstration in the capital, Harare.Cook said the European Union would insist during the two-day gathering on the right of peaceful protestors to demonstrate, and for forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe to be free and fair.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Education groups and church leaders in Scotland are facing off in a growing debate over government plans to scrap a law banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools.The devolved Scottish Executive wants to repeal Section 28 of the Local Government Act this year, ahead of plans by the government in London to do likewise elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Donald Dewar, Scotland's First Minister, said Wednesday the legislation had never been especially effective, and he said it was offensive to many.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government is drawing up a strict new code of conduct forbidding any sexual activity or displays of affection in the armed services. The move follows government acceptance of a recent European Court of Justice ruling, against banning homosexuals in the military, a ban which had been supported by the ruling Labor party and opposition Conservatives alike.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNS) - Reports out of Pakistan Friday say the Saudi-born Islamist terror suspect, Osama bin Laden, plans to leave his hideout in Afghanistan for an as-yet undisclosed Muslim country, because he fears an imminent American military strike against him.The Afghan Islamic Press, based in northwestern Pakistan, cited sources close to Bin Laden as confirming the decision was taken "because of expected attacks from the United States."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - In defiance of growing international dismay, Austria on Wednesday moved towards forming a new government including a party led by a populist who has expressed extremist views.British conservatives in the European Parliament joined other voices in questioning threats by outside countries to downgrade ties with Austria should Joerg Haider's Freedom Party join a ruling coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A leading Palestinian human rights group Monday called for the release of nine prominent figures arrested by Yasser Arafat's self-rule authority after accusing it of corruption, abuses and selling out the Palestinian cause in negotiations with Israel.Palestinian Authority security officials arrested nine academics and civic leaders Sunday and Monday, and placed another two under house arrest, Bassem Eid of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) told CNSNews.com.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Muslim groups promoting a boycott of Burger King for opening a restaurant in a Jewish settlement on disputed land are urging supporters to hold demonstrations next week at stores across America."Next week Muslims, Arabs and concerned persons across the country will be showing their disapproval of the restaurant in the West Bank by protesting at local Burger King outlets," American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) said in a statement emailed to supporters.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Tuesday looked set to suffer his greatest defeat in 20 years, when voters in the southern African nation rejected a new constitution that would strengthen his grip on power and permit the confiscation of white-owned farms.Despite widespread fears of ballot rigging, the arrest of opponents, and the best efforts of the government-run media, interim results of a national referendum point to a victory for the "no" camp, spearheaded by the opposition National Constitutional Assembly.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain reacted with outraged disbelief Thursday at yet another French refusal to lift a ban on importing British beef, with the government pressing for legal action, and farmers suggesting there was a case for France to be expelled from the European Union.The EU's executive body, the European Commission, announced in response to the decision it would take France to court.