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) - American emergency aid arrived in Mozambique early Wednesday, as the leader of the flood-stricken southern African country appealed for more help to deal with an estimated one-million displaced people.The U.S. and Britain are sending helicopters to reinforce the work being done by the exhausted crews of five South African army helicopters who have helped save 8,000 Mozambicans from rising floodwaters caused by three weeks of torrential rain.
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
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
(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
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) - 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
(CNSNews.com) - President Clinton Tuesday made the final stopover of his eventful European trip: During his first visit to Kosovo, he urged ethnic Albanians and Serbs to put aside the hatred that sparked this year's NATO air war and subsequent revenge attacks. "We won the war," Clinton told a welcoming crowd of ethnic Albanians in the town of Urosevac. "But listen -- only you can win the peace."
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
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) - A British charity Monday called for a government inquiry into claims that health officials are practicing "involuntary euthanasia" on elderly patients in an attempt to free up beds in overcrowded hospitals.Age Concern accused the National Health Service (NHS) of "ageism" and called on the Labor government to keep a pre-election promise to tackle the problem of neglect of older patients.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - President Clinton has joined efforts by the British and Irish governments to salvage the Northern Ireland peace process, now in danger over collapsing over the issue of paramilitary disarmament.Clinton said his administration was "heavily involved" in negotiations to get the process back on track, and he said he had spoken to some of the leaders involved.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Tony Blair's ruling Labor Party faces two days of embarrassing public protests during this week's annual party conference.Angry farmers, hard-hit by rising costs, falling prices, and what they see as over-regulation by the government and the European Union, plan to demonstrate outside the conference center in Bournemouth Monday, while supporters of fox-hunting are set to protest Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Half a millennium of European colonialism ends in the Far East this weekend, as the tiny Portuguese outpost of Macau reverts to China, taking Beijing one step closer to its main territorial objective - Taiwan.The return of Macau has dominated Chinese media headlines in recent weeks, a source of enormous national pride to President Jiang Zemin, who will oversee the handover at midnight Sunday.Massive, official celebrations are also planned for Tiananmen Square in Beijing. December 20 has been declared a national holiday across China.
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) - A British court ruled Friday that former Chilean military ruler General Augusto Pinochet, 83, may be extradited to Spain to stand trial on 34 charges of torturing Chileans, and one of conspiracy to torture.Pinochet was not in the Bow Street Magistrate's Court in London to hear the outcome of the hearing; Magistrate Ronald Bartle, who heard four days of evidence last week for and against extradition, permitted the defendant to stay away on health grounds.
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
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
(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."