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 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.
August 2, 2016, 4:11 AM EDT
The Obama administration admitted 2,340 Syrian refugees into the United States in July, almost as many as the record number of admissions in June (2,406), keeping it on track to reach its goal of 10,000 by the end of September.
August 1, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
Pope Francis said Sunday he does not like speaking about Islamic violence, telling reporters on a flight to Rome that violent people were found in all religions, including his own.
August 1, 2016, 12:43 AM EDT
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Russia’s intelligence service, controlled by President Vladimir Putin, hacked Democratic National Committee emails and “arranged for a lot of those emails to be released.”
July 29, 2016, 2:51 PM EDT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Thursday the intelligence community was not ready to blame Moscow publicly for the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails, although he noted Russia’s interference in the politics of countries in its neighborhood, and said it was not unlikely it would try to do the same in the United States.
July 29, 2016, 4:19 AM EDT
Neither the White House nor State Department on Thursday would repeat Vice President Joe Biden’s description of President Vladimir Putin as a “dictator,” but White House press secretary Josh Earnest pointed to a State Department assessment that Russia “has a highly centralized authoritarian political system dominated by President Vladimir Putin.”
July 28, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
The Russian government may soon release texts of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of state, a respected geopolitical affairs publication reported last month, citing Western intelligence sources.
July 27, 2016, 4:24 AM EDT
French President Francois Hollande was due to hold emergency talks with religious leaders on Wednesday as France grapples with how to protect places of worship after Islamic terrorists took hostages in a Catholic church in Normandy during morning Mass and murdered an elderly priest.
July 27, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
Video posted on social media on Tuesday night showed a protestor on the streets around the Democratic National Convention venue in Philadelphia setting fire to an American flag.
July 25, 2016, 8:33 PM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry was due to arrive in Manila Tuesday, a day after the Philippines’ controversial socialist president declared a unilateral ceasefire with a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization responsible for the murder of U.S. soldiers in the 1980s.
July 25, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
With ten weeks to go until the end of the fiscal year, the Obama administration continues to admit Syrian refugees at an accelerated pace, and has now exceeded two-thirds of President Obama’s target of 10,000 by September 30.
July 25, 2016, 12:37 AM EDT
A Syrian whose application for asylum was denied a year ago was killed Sunday night when a bomb he was carrying in a backpack exploded outside the venue of a music festival in a small German city that is home to a U.S. Army base.
July 24, 2016, 11:30 PM EDT
The International Olympic Committee’s decision Sunday not to ban the entire Russian team from the games in Rio – setting strict eligibility criteria in place instead – is sending shockwaves around the sporting world.
July 22, 2016, 4:00 AM EDT
State Department spokesman John Kirby declined Thursday to say whether Turkey’s post-coup attempt crackdown is excessive, saying he was “not going to litigate from the podium every decision that they’re making.”
July 21, 2016, 4:31 AM EDT
One year since the U.S. re-established diplomatic relations with Cuba and four months since President Obama traveled to Havana, the two sides have yet to hold a dialogue on human rights that was announced during the historic visit.
July 21, 2016, 1:42 AM EDT
Listing terrorist atrocities around the world over “just the past 37 days” since the Orlando attack, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night that America was “at war with radical Islamists.”