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) - The world's largest meeting on the AIDS epidemic has opened in Bangkok, where Bush administration policies promoting sexual abstinence are expected to come under fire this week.More than 15,000 officials, experts and campaigners from around the world, including a pared-down U.S. delegation, are meeting in the Thai capital to discuss the crisis, amid growing concern about the epidemic's spread in Asia.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the latest example of Western business interests giving in to pressure by offended Muslims, Burger King reportedly has withdrawn an ice cream product after complaints that a label design looks like the Arabic script for "Allah."British media reported at the weekend that the fast-food restaurant chain pulled the "BK Cone" and pledged to redesign the label after Muslim customers complained.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Homosexuals and lesbians charge that laws seeking to ban same-sex "marriage" and adoption are discriminatory, but they are themselves responsible for their exclusion from marriage and family, according to an Australian medical ethics campaigner."By its very nature, homosexuality has excluded itself," Dr. David van Gend told a national marriage forum in Canberra this week. "It has stepped outside the circle of life -- the timeless, endless natural circle of male and female, parent and offspring."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from the Family Research Council.) (CNSNews.com) - Pro-lifers around the world have welcomed a U.N. declaration calling on member states to ban all human cloning, including the cloning of embryos for scientists to experiment on and then destroy.Although the declaration is non-binding and dissenting governments already have announced their intention to ignore it, supporters of a global ban see it as a significant victory.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An official Chinese newspaper is reporting with some relish that a condom manufacturer in southern China is naming new products after Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky."Can Clinton overtake Trojan Horse?," asks China Daily, noting that the former president is known among the Chinese public for "many things ... including his sexual peccadilloes and promotion of AIDS awareness and prevention."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A debate over recognizing "civil unions" for same-sex couples in New Zealand has turned ugly, with opponents of the move being likened to hate-groups.Advocates of civil unions -- including the government minister responsible for the legislation -- have sought to link their opponents to extremists by appealing to current public worries about anti-Semitic activity and a planned visit to New Zealand by a controversial historian and Holocaust-skeptic.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As 115 Roman Catholic cardinals prepare to begin the tradition-rich process of choosing a successor to Pope John Paul II, a conservative Australian among them has gently warned against any move in the church to update and improve the message brought by Jesus Christ.Cardinals from Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia begin their conclave in the Sistine Chapel Monday to select the next leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Red Cross division in Australia will be forced to defend its refusal to accept blood donations from homosexuals after a statutory anti-discrimination body agreed to take up a legal complaint.Michael Cain wants the state of Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commission to find that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS) acted in a discriminatory manner when it refused to take blood from him because he was a sexually active homosexual.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group wants the world to know about the strategies of an abortion rights group, including the strategy involving children.The New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) announced last Friday that it had obtained copies of internal memos generated by the Center for Reproductive Rights.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Australia's leading medical body has urged the government to reverse a decision making the "morning-after pill" available without a doctors' prescription.With effect from Jan. 1, Australian women - and girls as young as 14 - are able to buy the drug Levonorgestrel over the counter from pharmacies, despite strong opposition from some doctors, some pharmacists, and pro-life campaigners.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A week before Mel Gibson's controversial movie on Jesus' crucifixion reaches public screens, churches in Australia and New Zealand have booked thousands of cinema seats, a Catholic college is offering seminars on issues raised by the movie, and Jewish leaders are watching cautiously.The two countries will be the first in the world to release The Passion on Ash Wednesday, with cinema complexes in New Zealand -- 16 hours ahead of the eastern U.S. -- planning their first public screening at one minute past midnight on Feb. 25.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An Australian cabinet minister has sparked a debate by calling the country's abortion rate a "national tragedy" and asking why youngsters are discouraged from smoking or driving too fast - but not from having sex.In a political environment where decisions on ethical issues are generally left to individual lawmakers' consciences, politicians from the ruling coalition and official opposition are having their say.Women's' groups and Christian organizations have also waded in with criticism or praise.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - The debate over attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the drugging of children diagnosed with it has been rekindled in Australia, one of several countries to have followed the U.S. trend over recent decades.A youth conference in the eastern city of Brisbane this week was told that no proof has been found that ADHD exists at all.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A small, pro-family organization in Singapore is taking its abstinence message to the Southeast Asian city-state's MTV generation, and it said thousands of 13- to 20-year-olds have pledged to remain virgins until marriage.The group has set its sights even higher, targeting neighboring countries in Asia as well as "the biggie," mainland China itself, Focus on the Family Singapore President Tan Thuan-seng said Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A woman who knows better than most what Terri Schiavo is going through, says the disabled Florida woman's husband should stop treading in God's territory by seeking her death."I support life over death, human dignity over indifference," says Kate Adamson. "I support the value of each person regardless of that person's disability."Eight years ago, Adamson was lying in a U.S. hospital intensive care unit after a near-fatal brainstem stroke. Doctors described her as being in a "vegetative" state.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - It's not a message you'd expect from a government minister, let alone one whose function is to promote cultural diversity, but a member of the Australian cabinet has urged people in his country to celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas during this festive season."Many kindergartens, schools and businesses have decided they have to ban things because they might offend others," Multicultural Affairs Minister Gary Hardgrave said in a statement this week. "While well motivated, these people have it completely wrong."
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An Australian High Court decision has elevated homosexuality to the status of religion and politics when it comes to asylum applications.A Christian organization warned that the ruling would prompt a flood of claims from people who were not refugees but had simply chosen a particular lifestyle.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Abortion rights activists tried - but failed - to stop a pro-life group from publicizing memos outlining its controversial strategies. The documents are now part of the Congressional Record.The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) reportedly has threatened legal action against the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).
July 7, 2008, 8:03 PM EDT
London (CNSNews.com) - British pro-lifers have welcomed President Bush's decision to deny U.S. federal funds to international agencies that promote abortion, while a major organization whose work is likely to be affected called the move counterproductive."President Bush's announcement on only his second full day in office is very encouraging, and we can only hope that he continues to pursue a pro-life agenda with vigor," said Dominic Baster, a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.