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) - American Christians plan to help establish a West Bank chamber of commerce this fall to help Jewish businesses on disputed territory withstand politically-motivated consumer pressure such as the campaign by American Muslims to boycott Burger King.A coalition of American Muslim groups has launched a boycott aimed at pressurizing the company to close a branch recently opened in Ma'ale Adumim, an Israeli town located on disputed land east of Jerusalem.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The extent of the link between passive smoking and lung cancer has been questioned by British statisticians who say medical journals tend to ignore studies that find no link, while focusing on those that do.Statisticians from the University of Warwick reviewed 37 previous studies, which appear to indicate that the risk of lung cancer in those exposed to other people's smoke is increased by 24 percent.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing received a double blow Wednesday when a Scottish judge presiding at a pre-trial hearing threw out two defense applications.Justice Lord Ranald Sutherland ruled that the indictment could continue to refer to Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fahima as members of the Libyan Intelligence Service, and - more crucially - that one of three charges they face, that of conspiracy, could stand.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Branding the "forces of conservatism" as the clear and present enemy, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday his ruling Labor Party represented "modernity and justice ... those who have the courage to change."Blair, who remade the party into "New Labor" and then led it to victory in 1997, adopted a both combative and conversational tone in his most important speech of the year, to the Labor conference at the seaside resort of Bournemouth.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Aid agencies and international organizations are sending out an urgent appeal for more helicopters and money to help save the lives of thousands of Mozambicans, who face rivers swollen by weeks of flooding and a devastating cyclone last week.Tens of thousands of people reportedly find themselves in a desperate situation across a huge area of the south-eastern African nation, but only five helicopters are available to rescue people stranded and surrounded by floodwaters.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's Conservative Party has reacted angrily to the defection of a leading lawmaker recently sacked from William Hague's front-bench team over differences relating to party policy on homosexuality.Accusing the Conservatives of being "extremist" and "right wing," Shaun Woodward moved to the governing Labor Party over the weekend.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Pakistani army officers who toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday had among their gripes the fact Sharif was seen as too willing to bow to American dictates on security-related matters.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A week before President Clinton's visit to South Asia, an American policy organization on Wednesday published photographs on the Internet showing Pakistan's nuclear facilities.The Federation of American Scientists said the high-resolution satellite images "show details of Pakistan's weapons facilities previously known only to the secret intelligence world."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Like the shadow of a massive, mythical monster, its arrival long predicted and its intentions unclear, Y2K has begun its 24-hour race across the planet, timezone by timezone.The new year brings promises of celebrations unprecedented in scale, but also sobering fears that terrorism or computer chaos caused by the "millennium bug" could mar the global party.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Polls have opened in Britain for up to 30,000 Australians living in there to vote in the next two weeks as to whether or not Queen Elizabeth should remain Australia's head of state after 2001.The rest of Australia's 12.2 million voters will vote on November 6 in a referendum to decide the constitutional future of the former British colony, today a stable and strategically-located Western democracy.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - After the first face-to-face meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders in seven months, Prime Minister Ehud Barak undertook Sunday to move ahead on ceding control of more land to the Palestinians, while ensuring Israel's security was not compromised in any way.Barak and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat met for an hour of talks near PA-ruled Gaza, in an encounter the new prime minister said was aimed at building trust "so crucial to the possibility of any future agreements."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of the OPEC oil-producing nations meeting in Vienna on Tuesday appeared set to raise oil production but not enough to satisfy the Republican Party.Reports from Vienna said the eleven Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries were in agreement over raising output by 1.7 million barrels per day but were still debating how long the new levels should remain in place before being reviewed.The decision should technically help ease down gas station prices that have soared in the past year to a nine-year high.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As the deadline nears for submissions to stop the British government from setting free former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, legal and human rights campaigners stepped up calls Monday for him to stand trial for alleged torture.And even if the retired general is freed, he faces a mixed reception in Chile, where supporters of a newly-elected president once jailed by Pinochet want him put on trial for abuses suffered by political opponents during his 17-year military rule.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The 50-year-old Commonwealth holds its annual heads of government summit in South Africa later this week, when it will consider radical new proposals to "reinvent" the grouping and make membership dependent on democratic norms.Leaders will be warned that, unless they commit their governments to pluralist democracy, human rights and freedom of the press, they could be expelled.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Is Boris Yelsin about to do it again? In recent days, Russian media have been speculating that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may -- like his four predecessors -- soon may be ignominiously sacked by the unpredictable president.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Congress has launched a new offensive in the battle to have the American Embassy in Israel relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with initiatives in both houses aimed at pressuring the administration to stop delaying the move.If successful, lawmakers will compel President Clinton to give instructions for work to begin on the new embassy site by the last day of this year.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The Northern Ireland peace process stood on a knife-edge Tuesday with both sides awaiting an independent assessment, which is expected to confirm that the leading republican paramilitary group have taken no steps to disarm - a failure that could bring down the province's two month old power-sharing cabinet.Retired Canadian general John de Chastelain, head of an international weapons "decommissioning" body, late Monday night handed the British and Irish governments a crucial report on how the disarmament process is going.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - An American Jewish leader has welcomed reports from Tehran hinting for the first time that the Iranians may be prepared to consider a political solution to the case of 13 Jews facing trial on espionage charges. Nonetheless, the Jewish community wanted to see deeds, not words, from the Iranians and felt the 13, who have been incarcerated for nine months, had "suffered for too long," said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Osama bin Laden is the most popular and influential man in the Muslim world today - but the removal of the dangerous Saudi-born militant would not be the "panacea" needed to make the world a safer place, according to one expert on global terrorism.This is the view of terrorism expert Yossef Bodansky, the author of a new book, which calls bin Laden "the man who declared war on America."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - As British lawmakers removed the last hurdle to equalizing the age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual sex, activists are now calling on the government to drop all restrictions, legalizing among other things sex in public toilets and other "cruising" areas.The House of Commons Thursday voted to lower the age of consent for homosexual men from 18 to 16 (17 in Northern Ireland), bringing it in line with the age at which heterosexuals may legally have sex.