Patrick covered government and politics in South Africa and the Middle East before joining in 1999. Since then he has launched foreign bureaus for 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's roster of international stringers.

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August 26, 2016, 4:10 AM EDT
Iran’s defense minister vowed Thursday that any U.S. or other warships that enter Iranian waters would be “severely punished,” as the Pentagon confirmed that a U.S. patrol vessel had fired warning shots after being approached by an Iranian attack boat in an “unsafe” manner.
August 25, 2016, 4:29 AM EDT
President Obama told reporters three weeks ago that the U.S. had flown $400 million in cash to Iran last January because it could not send a check or wire the funds to the regime. The administration will not say how a much larger sum – $1.3 billion in interest – was paid around the same time.
August 25, 2016, 4:14 AM EDT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking alongside Vice President Joe Biden in Ankara Wednesday, said governments should not make distinctions between “bad” and “good” terrorists. “Terrorists are terrorists,” he declared.
August 24, 2016, 4:21 AM EDT
“This stuff keeps coming out – drip, drip, drip, drip, drip,” a reporter said during Tuesday’s State Department briefing, as spokesman Mark Toner declined to share details about how $1.3 billion in U.S. taxpayers’ money was paid to Iran last January.
August 24, 2016, 4:09 AM EDT
When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.”
August 23, 2016, 4:20 AM EDT
As a spokesman for the Philippines’ controversial leader walked back his threat to withdraw from the United Nations, a State Department spokesman declined Monday to react to President Rodrigo Duterte’s repeated insults and criticisms of the United States.
August 23, 2016, 4:08 AM EDT
As the Obama administration races towards its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year, its overall refugee admission program has opened the door to more Muslims than Christians from around the world.
August 22, 2016, 4:23 AM EDT
The Muslim world suffered two major terrorist attacks over the weekend – in Turkey and Somalia – but the bloc of Islamic states found just one subject worthy of commenting on on Sunday – the “painful occasion” of the anniversary of a failed arson attempt at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque almost half a century ago.
August 22, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
With less than six weeks of the fiscal year to go, the Obama administration is speeding towards meeting its target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, and is currently fewer than 900 refugees away from the goal.
August 11, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday accused the Ukraine military of “infiltrating Crimean territory” and said the U.S. and Europe should rein in their “clients” in Kiev.
August 11, 2016, 12:36 AM EDT
A State Department spokeswoman’s evident reluctance to answer a question about the propriety of the relationship between the department and the Clinton Foundation during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure raised hackles during Wednesday’s daily press briefing.
August 10, 2016, 4:34 AM EDT
“I just want to try and get this cleared up,” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee said during a daily briefing. “Am I ever going to get an answer to the question about the planes?”
August 10, 2016, 4:21 AM EDT
When Israeli authorities last week accused a senior staffer for a leading Christian relief group of diverting charity funds to Hamas they signaled he would not be the last – and now a U.N. agency employee has been indicted for allegedly supporting the Palestinian terror group.
August 9, 2016, 4:33 AM EDT
The execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist surfaced on the campaign trail Monday when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that his Democratic rival’s private server emails may have been linked to his death.
August 9, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
The Iranian nuclear scientist executed last week for allegedly spying for the U.S. returned to Iran after moving to the U.S. under mysterious circumstances in 2009 because his family back home was threatened with persecution, an Iranian opposition group said Monday.
August 5, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
World Vision said Thursday it was “shocked” to hear allegations that a senior staff member in Gaza diverted millions of donors’ aid dollars to Hamas for terrorist activity. The international Christian charity finds itself under an uncomfortable spotlight after facing accusations of anti-Israel bias for years.
August 4, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday compared the manner in which the Obama administration paid $400 million to Iran on the day five imprisoned Americans were released to a “drug cartel transaction.”
August 3, 2016, 4:30 AM EDT
Republicans lashed out Tuesday at the Obama administration over a news report claiming it airlifted $400 million in foreign currency to Tehran on the same day the regime released five imprisoned Americans.
August 3, 2016, 4:15 AM EDT
The U.S. airstrikes focused on Sirte, a small city about halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that was both Gaddafi’s hometown and the location of his death in 2011. It has been home to ISIS fighters since the middle of last year.
August 2, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
In a video clip posted on social media this week, a Palestinian man is seen encouraging a small child, possibly three-years-old, to throw stones at armed Israeli border policemen, and yells at the Israelis to shoot the boy.