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, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In Australia, a lesbian couple is suing a doctor after fertility treatments resulted in the birth of twins rather than a single baby. The court case is provoking strong reaction in the country.On talk radio and in newspaper columns, the two women -- whose names have been ordered withheld by the Supreme Court in Canberra -- are coming under heavy flak, while some same-sex rights advocates say they are getting a raw deal from the public and media.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As people around the world marked International Women's Day on Saturday, a women's rights advocate in Saudi Arabia did so by breaching a ban on women driving, and then posting a videoclip on the Internet.Elsewhere in the Wahhabist-ruled kingdom, two low-key events were held to discuss women's issues, while at an annual national heritage festival near the capital, organizers enforced a ban on men and women attending the event on the same day.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Iran has charged 13 Jews with spying for Israel and the United States, crimes punishable by death in the Islamic republic.The move may be the latest wrangle in a power struggle between reformist and extremist elements in the country, an Iranian specialist told CNS Tuesday.Iranian radio reported that the suspects were living in a Jewish community in the southern Fars province, and were accused of spying for the "Zionist regime" and "World Arrogance," common references to Israel and the U.S. respectively.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - A Christian relief agency which has brought the subject of modern-day slavery in the Sudan to the world's attention is in danger of losing its United Nations accreditation - the result, it believes, of a campaign by the regime whose abuses it has worked to expose."This was a [Sudanese] counter-offensive to try to discredit or hurt our activities," Christian Solidarity International's representative to the UN in Geneva, John Eibner, told CNSNews.com Tuesday. "The action at the UN has to be seen in that context."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - An American Jewish relief organization working among all ethnic groups in the Balkans has asked Kosovar leaders to ensure the Kosovo Liberation Army protects the lives and property of the tiny Jewish community in the war-ravaged province.Acting Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci assured an envoy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that he has personally instructed the KLA to do so, JDC executive vice president Michael Schneider told CNSNews.com.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The crisis within the world's 77 million-strong Anglican (Episcopalian) Church over homosexuality goes beyond an issue of human sexuality, to the far deeper questions of the authority of scripture and eternal salvation, a leading conservative bishop has warned.As such, it is a make-or-break issue, and more serious than previous doctrinal disputes within the denomination, he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Europe will mark an anti-death penalty day next week, but it won't be an official European Union initiative. Efforts to involve the E.U. failed when member state Poland refused to go along on the grounds that the death penalty debate ignored broader right-to-life questions.The conservative Polish government's objections ruined the E.U. plan, but another European grouping, the 47-nation Council of Europe (CoE), has decided to push ahead with a "European Day against the Death Penalty" on Oct. 10.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the appointment of Washington's first-ever special envoy to the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference will help to promote principles that Muslims and non-Muslims alike "hold dear," such as human rights, liberty and the rule of law."These are not American values or Western values," she told OIC ambassadors in Washington on Monday. "They are universal values, values that are lived and practiced by the majority of Muslims in the world, many of whom are citizens of democracies."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Iran's arrest of 13 Jews charged with spying – officially condemned by the United States and Israel – may complicate Washington's attempts to engage Iran, spurred by the election two years ago of "moderate" President Mohammed Khatami.Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk has warned that Tehran's continued "very negative" view of Israel would militate against a "constructive relationship" between Iran and the US
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Iran has vociferously denied a report saying President Mohammed Khatami was seeking ways to improve relations with archenemy Israel, but some analysts believe the report to be true, and leaked purposely by the Israelis to send a warning to extremists in Tehran.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak may seek to reverse the stance held by a string of predecessors and seeking rapprochement with Iran, according to reports in Israel.A leading Hebrew-language newspaper reports that his government may downgrade its definition of Iran from "enemy" to "threat," and during his forthcoming trip to Washington, Barak is expected to raise with administration officials the possibility of co-ordinated Israeli-U.S. diplomatic moves to engage Iranian President Mohammed Khatami.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Declaring themselves "saddened" by the U.S. Episcopal Church's stance on homosexuality, conservative leaders in Africa appeared Thursday to be preparing for a rupture in one of the world's largest Christian denominations.At its General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which ended on Wednesday, the Episcopal Church (ECUSA) passed a compromise resolution on homosexual ordination, satisfying neither liberals nor conservatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Muslims around the world marked the high point of Ramadan on Monday -- the "birthday" of the Koran -- across the U.S., thousands of non-Muslims reportedly joined in a day of fasting against the Iraq war.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic initiative to establish an international convention against the "defamation" of religions ran into an unexpected hurdle this week in Saudi Arabia, where members of a government advisory body argued that the move could force Muslims to recognize pagan beliefs.The drive to outlaw offenses against religions and religious figures is being spearheaded by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as a response to Western depictions of Islam and Mohammed in ways that Muslims consider insulting.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – President Clinton is reportedly on the verge of invoking a waiver to delay moving the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, despite an appeal by senior senators several days ago that he not do so.Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk told a congressional committee hearing Tuesday that Clinton was expected to exercise the waiver, so as not to jeopardize the Israeli-Palestinian peace process sponsored by the US
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - The latest twist in drawn-out Israeli coalition talks has seen Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak reach out once again to the Likud, a move that could result in a stabler - and more conservative - government.After several weeks of courting the ultra-Orthodox Shas party - the third largest elected to the Israeli Knesset - Barak offered the Likud's caretaker leader, Ariel Sharon, the finance ministry, in return for his party joining the coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new study on homosexuality is being used to back up the contention that sexual orientation is determined in the womb and not by sociological factors.North American researchers say a study of almost 1,000 Canadian men found a link between homosexuality and the number of older brothers a man has. Such an association has been reported before, but in the past left open the possibility that both biological or sociological factors may play a role.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Muslims and Christians believe in the same God -- despite differences over the nature of Jesus Christ -- and they should focus on "the common essentials of our two religions" for the sake of world peace, 138 Islamic representatives said in an open letter addressed to Christian leaders."As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them -- so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes," they said.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - One of the world's most highly regarded scientists was suspended late Thursday by his New York research institution amid a row in Britain over reported comments that blacks are less intelligent than whites.Dr. James Watson, who won a Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure of DNA, holds controversial views on subjects such as genetic modification, aborting babies with abnormalities -- and even allowing infants born with "defects" to die.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - After weeks of rumbling rebellion over his refusal to allow Labor lawmakers a free vote on a highly controversial human embryo research bill, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown backtracked on Tuesday, but he won little praise for the concession.