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
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israel vowed Friday to keep retaliating against Lebanese targets as long as Hizb'Allah forces there continued to attack Israel, signaling that it would hold Lebanon itself - as well as the Syrians, who effectively control the country - responsible for ongoing assaults by the Islamist militiamen.The warning came after a week of military escalation in the border region culminated overnight in Hizb'Allah firing Katyusha rockets into northern Israel, and Israel launching missile strikes against Hizb'Allah bases and Lebanese power-stations and bridges.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Missouri voters look set to pass a hotly-disputed measure allowing experimentation on human embryos.With 98 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, the state's Amendment 2 -- the only one of its kind in the country on the Nov. 7 ballot -- was passing by 51-49 percent.The measure permits the cloning of human embryos in a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), in which embryos are stripped of their stem cells and destroyed. Proponents hope the cells will someday provide cures for degenerative diseases.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The White House Tuesday welcomed news of a breakthrough in stem cell research that some ethicists believe could spell the death knell for the controversial science of cloning human embryos for their cells.Two scientific journals published results of separate work by researchers at the University of Kyoto in Japan and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison who report that they have turned human "adult" skin cells into cells that behave like embryonic stem cells (ESCs).
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many Christians view the Beijing Olympics as an unprecedented opportunity for outreach in a country whose communist authorities still tightly restrict religious freedom. But a prominent American evangelist's warning about illegal activity has exposed differences over how the sensitive issue should be tackled.Visiting China earlier this month, the Rev. Franklin Graham preached to some 12,000 people at what was reportedly the biggest gathering ever held at China's largest church.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Hillary Rodham Clinton has postponed a trip to Israel scheduled just days before she is to open the exploratory phase of her Senate campaign for New York state, home to America's largest Jewish community.The first lady's office said in a statement Thursday the State Department had advised a delay to prevent the visit from interfering with Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak's continuing efforts to build a ruling coalition.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Israel's Foreign Ministry has launched intensive diplomacy aimed at thwarting an unprecedented international conference planned for next month which is likely to end with a condemnation of Israeli policies in the disputed territories.The first-ever meeting of Fourth Geneva Convention signatories, set for July 15 in Geneva, was approved by the overwhelming majority of United Nations General Assembly members in February.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight days after the District of Columbia banned smoking in public areas, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday announced a ban of her own in the one remaining part of the House of Representatives where smoking has been allowed."The days of smoke-filled rooms in the United States Capitol are over," Pelosi's office said in a statement, citing health risks linked to passive smoking.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative American Episcopalians, already worried about the health of the global Anglican Communion, may feel further unease when they learn about a new diatribe against America by the denomination's titular head.In an interview with a British Muslim publication, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a longstanding opponent of the Iraq war, has taken his criticism of U.S. foreign policy to a new level.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Adds comment from Assyrian Universal Alliance.) (CNSNews.com) - Days before Sweden hosts an international conference aimed at pushing ahead the political and economic reform process in Iraq, hundreds of exiled Iraqi Christians demonstrated outside the country's parliament Sunday to draw attention to the minority's plight in their homeland.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Are moves by the Palestinian Authority to regulate the operations of non-governmental organizations the sign of responsible government – or of attempts to muzzle critics, and in particular, human rights monitors? The issue has raised a dilemma for Palestinian human rights groups. To resist would fly in the face of their stated goal of promoting and upholding the rule of law, they say; to comply may restrict their ability to expose rights violations by the self-rule authority.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - It's been described as a long, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, and with just days remaining until he has to present his government, Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak looks once again to be heading for a narrow, center-left coalition.Barak is currently heading for a coalition of eight parties comprising 66 members in the 120-seat parliament, unless he can reach agreements with the second and third largest political forces - the nationalist Likud, and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Greeting card companies may not - yet - offer products to send to someone after an abortion, but a California-based organization that offers a "non-judgmental" talk line service for women in that position are hoping to fill the gap in the market."Do you know someone who's had an abortion?" the group, Exhale, asks on its website. "Are you having trouble knowing what to say? Do you want to let them know you care? Send them an e-card."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - China's well-known determination to deny Tibet and Taiwan international legitimacy has impacted millions of people over the past half-century, but for one young woman, Beijing's policy has spoiled a simple, personal dream.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Some of Australia's leading bio-scientists are taking a closer look at a new, ethically acceptable stem cell research route that avoids the use of human embryos in the search for possible cures for degenerative diseases. While not yet convinced that the "exciting" new method is as promising as using embryonic stem cells, they are studying the relative merits of the two approaches.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Germany's issue of an international warrant for the arrest of the Palestinian planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack has focused attention on the moral and legal implications of Israel's decision six years ago to amnesty PLO members involved in terror.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) - Kurdish rebel leader Abdallah Ocalan was sentenced to death by a Turkish court Tuesday for his leading role in a 14-year-long separatist struggle that has cost more than 29,000 lives.State television showed Turks in the courtroom on the Imrali prison-island off the Turkish coast breaking into song after hearing that Ocalan had been found guilty of treason and murder. Among them were family members of soldiers killed during the armed campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Adds reaction from British Airways and Green Party)(CNSNews.com) - British airlines reacted with derision Thursday to a left-leaning think tank's recommendation that the U.K. government introduce tobacco-style "health warnings" on air travel advertising and at airports -- to draw attention to aviation's alleged impact on the earth's climate in a bid to tackle travelers' "addiction to flying."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bloc of Islamic nations will decide at a summit next March whether to go ahead with a project to build an "Islamic car" for the Muslim market, with Iran's largest automaker at the helm.If the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) approves, the car should be available by 2011, the official Iran Daily quoted the managing director of state-owned Iran Khodro, Manouchehr Manteghi, as saying Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – Clinton administration officials actively played a role in the defeat last month of Binyamin Netanyahu, a senior advisor to the outgoing Israeli prime minister has charged.The allegation by David Bar-Ilan, in an article written for the June 14 edition of National Review magazine, backs up those made consistently by Jerusalem officials speaking unattributably during the campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
Jerusalem (CNS) – In 1996, a moist-eyed President Bill Clinton vowed at the Jerusalem graveside of a slain Israeli-American soldier that he would not pressure Israel to pursue the peace process with the Palestinians until the man responsible for the murder was brought to justice.Only four other people were there to hear the promise. One was Esther Wachsman, the mother of 19-year-old Nachson, whose 1994 kidnapping and murder at the hand of Islamist Palestinian gunmen stunned the nation.