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, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Australia's cabinet on Monday held its first meeting since Prime Minister John Howard's Oct. 9 election, at a time when the issue of abortion has returned to the political agenda for the first time in a generation.Although some ministers are concerned that focusing on the divisive issue could split the ruling coalition, a small but growing number of senior and mid-rank lawmakers are speaking out on the matter.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The maker of an abortion pill has reported the deaths of five American women after taking the drug. This is the same pill that the U.N.'s key health agency recently added to its list of "essential medicines."The news prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a public health advisory and pro-lifers to renew their calls for authorities to outlaw mifepristone, the drug marketed in America as Mifeprex, and also known as RU-486.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Australian territory seeking to become the first part of the country to legalize same-sex unions has run into difficulties, as the conservative federal government threatens to override the move.Prime Minister John Howard's government in 2004 passed a legal measure banning same-sex "marriage."But this week the Labor government in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) -- the 900-square-mile jurisdiction surrounding and including the capital, Canberra - introduced legislation allowing civil unions between same-sex couples.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - By the time the average child in Australia and New Zealand leaves school, he or she will have spent more time watching television, playing computer games or surfing the Internet than sitting in the classroom.And, according to a new report by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), most of that media time is not being monitored by parents.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Four months after Australia's parliament banned same-sex "marriage," lawmakers in neighboring New Zealand look set this week to move in the opposite direction by legalizing "civil unions."The Civil Union Bill before parliament in Wellington will give legal recognition to same-sex couples as well as to heterosexuals who choose not to marry.Opponents of civil unions, in New Zealand as elsewhere around the world, argue that they amount to a counterfeit marriage and are harmful to the institution.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New research linking male circumcision with significantly reduced HIV/AIDS infections has sparked a backlash from anti-circumcision groups, with some calling on the United Nations to label the procedure a crime against human rights.An international AIDS conference in Brazil last week was told that researchers tracking 3,000 young African men in a randomized controlled trial found the number of HIV infections among those who had been circumcised to be three times lower than among those who had not.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Access to the "morning-after pill" has become a political issue in the United States, and now a Catholic leader in Britain is taking a stand against government regulations requiring doctors who object to providing "reproductive services" to refer patients to another physician.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A respected academic in New Zealand has recommended that incest between consenting adults be legalized, playing down any concerns about the genetic abnormalities resulting from inbreeding.Professor Peter Munz, professor emeritus of history at Wellington's Victoria University, stunned lawmakers who are considering amendments to criminal law by proposing that it was no longer necessary to outlaw sex between close relations.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A prominent British lawmaker has triggered an outcry by implying that elderly and very ill people should not only have the right, but the obligation to kill themselves rather than become a nuisance. The furor erupted as British lawmakers prepared to vote on a bill that critics worry could be used to sanction the killing of patients in a vegetative state.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to shore up President Bush's policy on prostitution in the face of an assault by critics, more than 100 pro-family, health, Christian and other mostly conservative organizations are urging Bush to continue requiring groups receiving federal funding to oppose prostitution.The administration contends that the sex trade fuels human trafficking, a phenomenon that affects millions of people -- mostly women and children -- obtained for commercial sex, involuntary labor or for other purposes.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The pharmaceutical industry is under fire at a conference in Australia, where experts are discussing "disease-mongering" -- allegations that drugmakers create, hype, popularize and promote ailments to turn consumers into pill-poppers and boost profits.Under the microscope at the international conference -- the first of its kind -- are drug awareness campaigns, direct-to-consumer drug advertising, and concerns relating to conditions such as bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sexual dysfunction.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Pre-empting moves by homosexuals to have their foreign "marriages" recognized under Australian law, Prime Minister John Howard has introduced legislation banning same-sex marriage as well as preventing same-sex couples from adopting children abroad.The marriage ban is likely to pass easily and quickly into law, as the opposition Labor Party said it would support the legislation in the federal parliament. Labor was still considering its position on the adoption measure.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A decision by a United Nations committee to recommend a global ban on all human cloning is making waves around the world, although some question whether it will have any real effect.Should it be endorsed by the full General Assembly, the committee decision reached late last week would result only in a non-binding declaration, not a legally binding treaty.Critics say the resolution, which was an attempt to find a compromise between bitterly divided members of the legal committee, is badly worded and ambiguous.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A reported breakthrough in stem cell research may lend new weight to the campaign against the use of human embryos in research, one of the most pressing ethical controversies facing governments in the U.S. and elsewhere.American and British researchers say that they have found, in umbilical cord blood, a new type of cell -- neither embryonic nor "adult" -- which is more versatile than the latter while avoiding the ethical dilemmas surrounding the former.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Postings on Comedy Central's website have been running hot over the Easter weekend as viewers commented on the network's refusal to allow a depiction of Mohammed in a South Park episode that instead lampooned Jesus.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Australian activists who support Prime Minister John Howard's plan to outlaw same-sex "marriage" are urging him to take into account the gray area of defining men and women in an era of sex-change surgery.Howard last week introduced legislation aimed at preventing Australian homosexuals and lesbians from tying the knot in the U.S. or Canada and then challenging courts at home to recognize the contract as a legal marriage in Australia.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A Christian politician in Australia plans to introduce legislation in a state parliament to repeal a law banning vilification against homosexuals, arguing the measure is being abused to stifle free speech.The move comes after a tribunal in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, ordered two radio talk show hosts to apologize for on-air comments deemed offensive.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Christian Arab organization in California has invited two leading Muslim figures to publicly debate the question of whether Islam truly is a peaceful religion, but one of Muslims said on Thursday he would not "dignify" the event by taking part.The pre-9/11 event, scheduled to take place Saturday in Fullerton, aimed to have two Christian experts on Islam face off against two senior Muslims. The event's organizer, a group called Arabic Christian Perspective, says it will go ahead with the event whether the Muslims turn up or not.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - New Zealand's top Catholic bishop has caused a stir by charging that liberal government policies are turning the country into a "moral wasteland."Cardinal Tom Williams' stinging attack came shortly after lawmakers in Wellington passed the first reading of a bill seeking to recognize "civil unions" for same-sex and heterosexual couples. Critics argue that the move will undercut the special place enjoyed by marriage, and weaken the institution.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - There is no fundamental "right" to abortion, but non-governmental groups (NGOs) are trying to "hijack" language in key United Nations documents, to define terms like "sexual rights" in such a way as to include abortion, a senior U.S. official said Monday.Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, the U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), was speaking at a press conference in New York.