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) - 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, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Dutch activists saw their dream of offering abortions at sea founder this week, when a judge refused to allow them to operate their controversial floating abortion clinic in international waters.In the latest setback to abortion doctor Rebecca Gomperts and her Women on Waves Foundation, a court rejected their application to suspend temporarily a health ministry order which limits the group to carrying out abortions within a 25 kilometer radius of an Amsterdam hospital.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - As U.S. lawmakers prepare to debate a bill that would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, South Korean scientists have announced what supporters will see as the biggest breakthrough yet in the controversial work.For the first time, the researchers say they have produced embryonic stem cells that genetically mirror specific patients whose cells were used to clone early-stage human embryos.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - New developments in the field of embryonic stem cell research do not necessarily overcome ethical and moral concerns, some pro-lifers and ethicists are warning.Two papers published in the scientific journal Nature suggest that researchers at two institutions in Massachusetts have managed to sidestep ethical hazards by finding that it may be possible to obtain embryonic stems cells without killing the embryos.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An opinion poll in New Zealand has found substantial support for parents' right to know if their underage daughter wants to have an abortion. The poll sends a strong signal to a liberal government that critics accuse of pursuing a politically-correct agenda.A proposed piece of legislation called the Care of Children Bill entrenches an existing situation that allows girls of any age to have an abortion without their parents' knowledge or consent.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A leading British medical journal has published an editorial warning against the "hype" surrounding recent advances in stem cell research. The editorial notes that at a recent public debate in London, experts predicted that safe and effective treatments for diseases were at least a decade away.The Lancet's warning is the latest attempt by medical experts -- including many who support embryonic stem cell (ESC) research -- to dampen what they say are unrealistic expectations that stem cells will soon provide cure a range of diseases.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The world's biggest "breakthrough" in embryonic stem cell research is in doubt after South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk, having already admitted unethical research practices, reportedly confessed faking key parts of his data.The revelation Thursday has stunned Korea, where Hwang is treated as a national hero for becoming the first scientist anywhere to have allegedly cloned a human embryo, harvested it for stem cells and then created new stem cells lines matching the DNA of patients with diseases or spinal cord injury.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - An Australian Christian is pressing on with a legal campaign against the use of the name of Jesus Christ as an expletive on television, undeterred by a national broadcasting watchdog's decision to dismiss his complaints.The case is likely to be closely watched by committed Christians in Australia and further afield, whom Andre van der Linden argues make up the most denigrated sector of society today.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The specter of a baby being born with DNA from two men has edged a little closer, with news from a scientific conference in Europe that embryonic stem calls can be manipulated in a lab to form the precursors of sperm and eggs.In theory, the finding means that in the future a child could be created using the genes of two homosexuals - the sperm of one, and an egg engineered from the stem cells of the other.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As a probe gets underway in South Korea into claims of fraud in "landmark" human embryonic cloning research, an ethicist opposed to the controversial work argued Monday that the entire field is characterized by deceit.At the same time, others argue that the only way to prevent a recurrence of the unraveling Korean scandal is for the U.S. government to change tack on funding embryonic stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - There are growing signs that the issue of abortion may be returning to the political agenda in Australia, where the main parties have long treated the subject as a matter of conscience for individual lawmakers.Two senior members of Prime Minister John Howard's newly re-elected government have in recent days raised the subject of Australia's abortion rate, one of the highest in the world.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In the space of two days, the number of countries where homosexuals are legally entitled to "marry" has doubled, prompting celebrations from activists who believe each victory for them adds momentum to their cause.Canada's parliament on Tuesday approved legislation granting legal marriage equality to same-sex couples, and Spanish lawmakers on Thursday passed a similar law, dropping all distinctions between same-sex and heterosexual couples, including the right to adopt children.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Christians in Islamic Pakistan held a day of prayer and fasting Tuesday for the repeal of laws intended to punish "blasphemy" but which critics say are widely abused and have created an atmosphere of insecurity among Christians in particular.Introduced in 1986, the blasphemy sections of Pakistan's penal code outlaw desecrating the Koran, an offense carrying a life imprisonment; and insulting the name of the Muslim prophet, a crime punishable by death.
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.