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) - Russian troops Tuesday broke through rebel-held lines, reaching the center of the Chechen capital Grozny after a night of sustained aerial bombardment, according to Russian news agency reports.An oil refinery and ammunition dumps were destroyed in the bombing, and there were also unconfirmed reports of a large explosion at the Supreme Court building in Grozny.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Nazi-hunters have welcomed a report affirming their long-held view that one of the most senior Nazis alive today is living in the Syrian capital, Damascus, under an assumed name.The Simon Wiesenthal Center plans to urge Israel to make the presence in Syria of Alois Brunner an issue in peace talks with Syria, one of the organization's directors, Dr. Ephraim Zuroff, told CNSNews.com Monday.
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) - India is to send a senior negotiating team to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, after Islamist hijackers holding 160 aircraft passengers and crew hostage there announced a deadline for India to carry out its demands to release an imprisoned Pakistani cleric.The decision was announced at a press conference Monday by Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, who said the team, along with a relief aircrew, medical personnel, food and medicines, would leave within the next several hours. India had previously refused to negotiate with the terrorists.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Iran has rejected an American offer to open dialogue, while the country's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a diatribe denouncing the US as an international bully over the weekend.Khamenei, whose position in the Islamic Republic is senior to elected President Mohammed Khatami, seized on a visit by former South African President Nelson Mandela as an opportunity to rail against the United States and Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Supporters of former Chilean military ruler General Augusto Pinochet Wednesday welcomed the British government's announcement that he was unfit to be extradited to stand trial, while human rights advocates said they were appalled.Both camps were stunned by Tuesday's unscheduled late-night statement by Home Secretary Jack Straw, who said experts who conducted medical tests a week ago came to the "unequivocal and unanimous" conclusion that Pinochet was "at present unfit to stand trial, and that no change to that position can be expected."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Britain's opposition leader, William Hague, rallied his Conservative Party over the weekend, assuring activists the party could reverse Labor's huge majority and win the next general election.Hague highlighted a series of crises and embarrassments plaguing Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling him "the control freak who's lost control."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Just days after Britain's House of Lords ruled that homosexuals should enjoy the same tenancy rights as married couples, the country's Law Commission said Tuesday homosexuals should be able to claim damages for accidental death of a breadwinning partner.Additionally the Labor government says it plans to scrap at the earliest opportunity a law that makes it illegal for local councils and schools to "intentionally promote homosexuality."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNS) - As tensions between China and Taiwan simmer, a Chinese newspaper reported Tuesday that 89 percent of the Chinese people surveyed in recent days would support military action against the island should its nationalist government declare independence.Most respondents agreed when asked if they were "shocked" and "disgusted" by the recent shift in Taiwanese policy emphasizing the breakaway republic's defacto status as a separate state, China Daily reported.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - European Union governments Tuesday reacted coolly to the decision by Joerg Haider to step down as leader of Austria's Freedom Party, while media commentators and political opponents described the move as a tactical ploy.The 50-year old populist - criticized for past remarks sympathetic to aspects of Nazi policy -- said Monday he did "not exclude" a possible future bid to become chancellor.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin reacted angrily Thursday to Western criticism of the war in Chechnya, telling a European security summit in Turkey that the "cancer" of terrorism had to stopped.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Syrian President Hafez el-Assad will never sign a peace treaty with Israel that does not return the entire Golan Heights, because of the political, ethnic and economic realities in his country.For this reason, say informed observers, Israel may be wiser to slow down moves aimed at resuming stalled negotiations with Syria, and "wait and see" what happens after Assad goes.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Taiwan put its armed forces on high alert Thursday ahead of Saturday's presidential election, after China's latest threat to use force against the island if it moves further toward independence.According to Asian press reports, Defense Minister Tang Fei said there had been no sign of major military activity on the communist-ruled mainland.He said the island did not seek war with China, but neither did it fear conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - Four men are to appear before London magistrates Wednesday after an anti-capitalist demonstration in the city -- timed to coincide with the WTO summit opening in Seattle -- turned violent Tuesday night.The four suspects, ranging in age from 20 to 33, face charges of violent disorder, disorderly behavior and common assault.They are among some 40 people arrested after riots closed a busy railway station in North London. Police are still questioning other people.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The "superbug" may have met its match. British scientists have heard that therapy discarded in the West decades ago due to the success of antibiotics, has wiped out an infection which had developed resistance to treatment.A woman infected with the bacterium staphylococcus aureus had been given a range of antibiotics without success, and was close to death when doctors in Toronto administered "phage therapy," in which viruses infect and then kill off bacteria.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Relations between Britain and its former southern African colony Zimbabwe have hit a low point, with a British minister Thursday accusing President Robert Mugabe of "increasingly irrational" behavior.Peter Hain, foreign office minister responsible for Africa, told the BBC that Britain, the United States and all donor countries were finding that it was "almost impossible to have a sensible dialogue with the Zimbabwean government."
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The State Department warns it has "credible" information that terrorists plan to exploit millennium celebrations and the Muslim fast-month of Ramadan over the next few weeks by attacking Americans abroad."The information indicates that attacks could be planned for locations throughout the world where large gatherings and celebrations will be taking place," the department said in a worldwide caution issued over the weekend.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - The British government ventured into the deep waters of corporal punishment Tuesday, publishing a so-called "consultation paper" to discuss when, how and if English parents should smack their children.It quickly prompted criticism, both from family groups who feel parents should have the right to discipline children by spanking them or hitting them, and from children's charities, which want corporal punishment outlawed altogether.
July 7, 2008, 8:07 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - At least eight people have died and dozens more were hurt in a collision between two commuter trains in London Tuesday morning. The opposition Conservative Party has demanded answers from the government, noting it was the second such tragedy on the same railway line.Both trains were packed with passengers when they crashed near central London's Paddington station. The death toll could rise, as police reported that some people were believed still trapped.