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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January 20, 2016, 4:05 AM EST
The Obama administration on Tuesday came close to backing a new and harder line adopted by the European Union towards Israeli settlements in disputed areas, siding with the E.U.’s contention that labeling products originating from those areas do not amount to a boycott.
January 19, 2016, 4:33 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Iranians were “cooperating” in efforts to trace the missing retired FBI agent Bob Levinson, acknowledging how hard it must be for his family since five other Americans held by Iran have now been released.
January 19, 2016, 4:24 AM EST
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) suggested Monday that the U.S. settlement of a 37-year-old legal claim that will leave the Iranian regime $1.7 billion richer may have amounted to part of a “ransom” for the release of five Americans held in Iran.
January 18, 2016, 5:12 PM EST
The United States has approved the settlement of 483 Syrian refugees since the Paris terror attacks last November heightened concerns about potential security risks in the refugee admission program – and only one of them (0.2 percent) is a Christian.
January 8, 2016, 4:25 AM EST
A Pentagon spokesman conceded Thursday that an incident in which a Green Beret was killed and two others wounded in Afghanistan this week constituted “a combat situation,” but reiterated that the role of the special forces operators was one of training, advising and assisting their Afghan counterparts.
January 8, 2016, 4:14 AM EST
Less than a week into the new year, Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee signaled to the Obama administration that its Iran nuclear deal remains a target, marking up a bill that would restrict the administration’s ability to ease sanctions on Iranian banks.
January 7, 2016, 3:27 PM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday disputed the suggestion that the administration has not given the North Korean nuclear threat enough attention as a result of its focus on the Iran nuclear talks and other issues, declaring that “North Korea has never been left unattended to, not for one day.”
January 7, 2016, 4:49 AM EST
According to the Pentagon, U.S. Special Forces operators involved in the action were acting in a “train, advise, assist” capacity alongside Afghan counterparts in an area where the Taliban has made significant advances in recent months.
January 7, 2016, 4:16 AM EST
Britain will lose out on more than $1 billion in planned investment in Scottish golf resorts if it bans Donald Trump from entering the country, the Republican presidential candidate’s company said on Wednesday.
January 6, 2016, 5:03 PM EST
Meeting urgently Wednesday to discuss Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council agreed that it will now “take further significant measures” against North Korea, in line with a 2013 commitment to do so in the event of another test.
January 6, 2016, 4:19 AM EST
A U.S. Special Operations service member was killed and two others were injured after coming under enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Tuesday, but asked whether this meant U.S. troops were engaged in combat, a Pentagon spokesman said repeatedly that they were there in their mandated mission to “train, advise, assist” Afghan forces.
January 6, 2016, 12:31 AM EST
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio was quick to respond Tuesday night to North Korea’s claimed hydrogen bomb test, labeling Kim Jong-un a “lunatic” and saying that the test, if confirmed, “will be just the latest example of the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy.”
January 5, 2016, 10:55 PM EST
North Korea announced Wednesday that it has successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen device, after the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.1 magnitude “quake” within miles of the site where the Stalinist regime has carried out three previous nuclear weapons tests.
January 5, 2016, 4:43 AM EST
State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday the U.S. condemned an attack on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran, but demurred when asked if it also condemned the Saudis’ execution of a Shia cleric which prompted the angry Iranian response.
January 5, 2016, 4:24 AM EST
A website associated with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a image likening the Saudi regime to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), drawing attention to the fact both carry out beheadings.
January 4, 2016, 5:35 PM EST
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulate in Iran, but remains silent on the Sunni kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric which triggered the ransacking of the diplomatic missions and a deepening rift between the regional rivals.
January 4, 2016, 12:11 AM EST
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order approving a new national security strategy which unlike previous ones identifies the United States by name as a potential threat.
January 3, 2016, 5:41 PM EST
Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran Sunday in response to damage caused to its embassy in Tehran, as Shi’ites in Iran and across the Islamic world protested the execution by the Saudis of a prominent minority Shi’ite cleric.
December 30, 2015, 10:40 PM EST
A man arrested in Houston on suspicion of trying to burn down a mosque on Christmas Day told investigators he was a regular attendee of the mosque, praying there five times a day, seven days a week.
December 30, 2015, 10:13 PM EST
Turks celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big way, but for Islamists it’s a time to protest what they view as a Western, Christian, immoral event, and for one small far-right Islamist party that means a public skit involving Santa and a shari’a court judge.