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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July 22, 2015, 4:47 AM EDT
“I’ve starred, of course, in a lot of science-fiction movies as you know, and let me tell you something, climate change is not science-fiction,” Schwarzenegger said in a recorded message for the meeting. “This is a battle in the real world. It is impacting us right now.”
July 22, 2015, 4:43 AM EDT
Briefing the Iranian parliament Tuesday on the nuclear agreement reached with the U.S. and five other nations, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran had achieved its “main objectives” in the negotiations --“maintaining Iran’s dignity and might, establishing the nuclear program, [uranium] enrichment and retaining the heavy-water reactor.”
July 21, 2015, 4:18 AM EDT
Shortly after the U.N. Security Council voted Monday to lift sanctions on Iran as part of a negotiated nuclear agreement, Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. warned that the whole world will pay the price, and said that “when the villain is laughing, you know something is wrong.”
July 21, 2015, 4:16 AM EDT
A key United Nations body on Monday granted official status to a non-governmental organization with alleged links to Hamas, rejecting a bid by Israel, supported by the U.S. and others, to deny it the recognition it sought.
July 20, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT
Asked Monday whether his government envisaged “a political opening in Cuba” occurring as ties with the United States are normalized, Havana’s foreign minister replied bluntly that the “political opening in Cuba happened in the year 1959.”
July 20, 2015, 5:23 AM EDT
Iran has installed thousands of centrifuges at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz.
July 20, 2015, 4:39 AM EDT
Three days after the Iran nuclear agreement was announced in Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday gave interviews to five Sunday talk shows, but none asked him about a puzzling inclusion in the deal of a reference to helping Iran defend its nuclear facilities against “sabotage.”
July 17, 2015, 4:09 AM EDT
Responding to criticism about the administration’s plans to secure a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the Iran nuclear agreement before Congress reviews the deal, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Thursday it would have been difficult for the U.S. to tell the world that it “should wait for the United States Congress.”
July 16, 2015, 9:24 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry erroneously suggested Thursday that the commander of Iran’s Qods Force, accused of killing Americans and plotting terror attacks in Washington, is not among Iranians listed in the nuclear agreement as being in line for sanctions relief.
July 16, 2015, 4:19 AM EDT
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) recalled Wednesday that as an infantry officer in Iraq “nine years ago, Iran was trying to kill me, and to kill my soldiers.” The Iranian general blamed for directing those efforts is among those in line for sanctions relief in various stages of implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.
July 15, 2015, 7:54 PM EDT
In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” 
July 15, 2015, 5:04 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday played down concerns that Iran will use the windfall from sanctions relief under the nuclear agreement to boost sponsorship for terrorists, suggesting that groups like Hezbollah do not benefit all that much from Iranian financial support in the first place.
July 15, 2015, 5:03 AM EDT
Despite a legal obligation to allow Congress to review the Iran nuclear agreement for 60 days, the Obama administration will press ahead with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining the deal, likely within days.
July 14, 2015, 9:34 PM EDT
The much-touted “snapback” provision in the Iran nuclear deal that will restore sanctions in the event of Iranian noncompliance entails a convoluted process that will last around 65 days and, after jumping a series of hurdles, may result in sanctions being reimposed – “unless the U.N. Security Council decides otherwise.”
July 14, 2015, 5:06 AM EDT
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slammed the Obama administration in a video clip screened Monday for implying that opponents of the imminent Iran nuclear deal are warmongers.
July 14, 2015, 5:05 AM EDT
Hitting back at congressional criticism of the Iran nuclear deal that could be announced early Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday suggested again that those who oppose the deal were opting for war.
July 13, 2015, 8:29 PM EDT
A photograph posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website as deadlines continue to come and go in Iran nuclear talks shows the 75 year-old supreme leader walking on – and waving his walking-stick derisively at – a painted representation of Israel’s national flag.
July 13, 2015, 4:25 AM EDT
The Afghan security agency reported at the weekend that a top Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader in Afghanistan had been killed in a U.S. drone strike, but ensuing media coverage sparked confusion as some outlets mixed up two Pakistani terrorists with similar names.
July 13, 2015, 4:01 AM EDT
Amid indications that marathon negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program will deliver a final agreement on Monday, Republican – and some Democratic – critics on Capitol Hill expressed deep misgivings about the looming deal. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) warned there could be a “congressional rebellion.”
July 10, 2015, 4:20 AM EDT
Underlining Russia’s contention that it is anything but isolated internationally over its actions in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that leaders at two summits hosted by Russia this week did not raise concerns relating to its annexation of Crimea.