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 31, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
The Republican lawmaker sponsoring a resolution to disapprove the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement said at the weekend it was a “deeply flawed” deal that “makes the world less safe.”
August 31, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
As President Obama prepares to become the first sitting president to travel north of the Arctic Circle this week, the administration’s concerns revolve largely around climate change.
August 28, 2015, 4:35 AM EDT
A new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report says there are signs of new construction work at Iran’s controversial Parchin military complex, but State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the base is “a conventional military site, not a nuclear site,” and as such there would be no restrictions on new construction there.
August 28, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
Days before the U.S. Congress votes on the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are scheduled to appear at a mass rally opposing the deal on Capitol Hill, organizers said Thursday.
August 27, 2015, 4:46 AM EDT
The reported arrest of the key suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, in which 19 U.S. military personnel were killed, is renewing attention on Iran’s suspected role in the attack, at a time when the Obama administration is seeking congressional and public support for its nuclear agreement with Tehran.
August 27, 2015, 4:09 AM EDT
The Palestinian Authority’s ongoing campaign to extend its international standing hit an unexpected snag this week when the Vatican dissociated itself from a P.A. initiative to have the “State of Palestine” and Holy See flags fly at U.N. headquarters next month.
August 26, 2015, 5:21 AM EDT
The State Department said Tuesday the administration will respect a judge’s ruling requiring the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to post $10 million in bond or cash pending their appeals of a verdict awarding hundreds of millions of dollars to families of U.S. victims of Palestinian terrorism.
August 26, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT
Announcements of support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) took the number of its Democratic supporters in the Senate to 29.
August 26, 2015, 4:42 AM EDT
U.S. taxpayers already account for 25 percent of the IAEA’s regular budget.
August 26, 2015, 4:12 AM EDT
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog declared Tuesday that his agency would carry out robust verification of the Iran nuclear deal, and he defended its plan to investigate Iran’s past actions. 
August 24, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
North Korea ratcheted up tensions with its U.S.-backed neighbor on Monday, moving special forces on amphibious landing craft closer to the frontline, one day after reports that most of its submarines had been forward deployed.
August 24, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
Iran reaffirmed at the weekend that it will scorn any international attempts to restrain its missile program, unveiling a new missile and announcing it will soon hold large-scale ballistic missile war-games.
August 21, 2015, 4:40 AM EDT
Former President Jimmy Carter gave a gloomy assessment Thursday of the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, describing them as “more dismal than any time I can remember in the last 50 years” and laying the blame at the door of the Israeli government.
August 21, 2015, 4:14 AM EDT
The issue of Iran’s role in inspecting a military base where nuclear weapons work is suspected to have taken place took up more than one-third of Thursday’s 66 minute-long State Department daily briefing, but the one question not answered relates to the central point – whether or not Iran will admit international inspectors to the site.
August 20, 2015, 4:38 AM EDT
The site in question is a military installation at Parchin, southeast of Tehran, where Iran is suspected to have carried out nuclear-weapons related work.
August 20, 2015, 4:16 AM EDT
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told reporters asking why he was visiting a “settlement” in the “West Bank” this week that “if you’re going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel – and that would include Judea and Samaria.”
August 19, 2015, 4:12 AM EDT
Twelve days after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) became the lone Democratic senator to declare opposition to the administration’s Iran nuclear agreement, a second senior Democrat has joined him, with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announcing Tuesday that he too will vote against the deal.
August 19, 2015, 2:03 AM EDT
For the second time in four days, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Tuesday tried to make light in public of the deepening controversy surrounding her use of an unsecured, private email server while secretary of state.
August 18, 2015, 4:46 AM EDT
As the death toll rose to at least 20 in what is being described as the country’s worst ever terror attack, authorities in Thailand said Tuesday they were hunting a male suspect seen on security camera footage near the bomb site, a popular Hindu shrine in central Bangkok.
August 18, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
The White House said Sunday’s attack on a market in the Damascus suburb of Douma, in which scores of women and children were among those killed and injured, was “just another reminder of the inhumane acts perpetrated daily by the Assad regime against the Syrian people.”