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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September 12, 2016, 4:16 AM EDT
With three weeks of the fiscal year to go, the Obama administration has exceeded its Syrian refugee admission target by 15 percent, with 11,491 resettled in the United States as of the beginning of this week.
September 9, 2016, 3:47 AM EDT
President Obama promised that North Korea would face “serious consequences” after conducting a nuclear test early Friday – the latest in a series of provocative actions this year including an earlier nuclear test in January and multiple ballistic missile launches.
September 8, 2016, 4:17 AM EDT
State Department spokesman Mark Toner acknowledged Wednesday that the administration had not been completely forthcoming about how Iran was paid $1.7 billion earlier this year, after the Treasury Department confirmed that payment of the full amount had been made in cash.
September 8, 2016, 4:12 AM EDT
“The U.N. is grotesque,” tweeted controversial Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders this week after the world body’s top human rights official lashed out at him, Donald Trump, and a handful of populist right-wing politicians in Europe.
September 7, 2016, 4:23 AM EDT
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the latest North Korean ballistic missile launch, “in flagrant disregard of the repeated statements of the Security Council.”
September 7, 2016, 4:13 AM EDT
Republican lawmakers are seeking to halt any future “ransom” payments to Iran, introducing legislation designed to tie administrations’ hands in future dealings with the regime and, in one case, to secure the return of $1.7 billion handed over to the Iranians earlier this year.
September 6, 2016, 4:40 AM EDT
The son of an Iranian cleric once in line to be supreme leader reportedly been has been charged with acting against national security interests by releasing material from his late father that denounces senior Iranian figures for the mass killings of dissidents almost 30 years ago.
September 6, 2016, 3:58 AM EDT
Muslim pilgrims circling the cube-like Kaaba inside the Sacred or Grand Mosque in Mecca during the 2014 hajj.
September 5, 2016, 7:36 PM EDT
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has insulted everyone from rape victims to the Pope, but after he directed a vulgar expression at President Obama and warned him not to raise human rights criticism at a planned meeting, the White House called off the encounter.
September 2, 2016, 4:35 AM EDT
Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis sent hundreds of thousands of people into the streets of the capital on Thursday, as critics demanded the removal of President Nicolas Maduro while supporters marched in support of the socialist leader, who perennially accuses opponents of trying to mount a “coup.”
September 1, 2016, 5:36 PM EDT
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said Wednesday that a precision U.S. airstrike had targeted Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) spokesman Mohammed al-Adnani in Syria a day earlier, but responded dismissively to a Russian claim to have done likewise.
September 1, 2016, 4:57 AM EDT
United Nations-accredited civil society groups are spreading messages of incitement, antisemitism and the promotion of terrorism against Israel, according to a new report due for release on Thursday.
August 31, 2016, 4:14 AM EDT
Secretary of State John Kerry said in New Delhi Tuesday that Pakistan in recent months has been acting “authoritatively” against strongholds of the Haqqani network (HQN), arguably the region’s most effective terrorist group.
August 31, 2016, 4:04 AM EDT
Seeking to establish what the Obama administration is doing in response to the genocide being waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) against Christians, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a lawsuit Tuesday, after the State Department failed to respond to earlier to Freedom of Information Act requests.
August 30, 2016, 4:49 AM EDT
“Much of the legal architecture that’s in place … both at the U.N. at in the United States frankly, is related to Iran’s offensive military capabilities,” he said. “And this system that they have purchased from the Russians, while we find it objectionable, is defensive in nature.”
August 30, 2016, 4:22 AM EDT
The Standing Committee of China’s rubberstamp parliament is meeting to discuss formally acceding to a far-reaching climate change agreement negotiated in Paris last year, amid signs that President Obama is preparing to take the same step – but without Senate ratification – possibly within days.
August 29, 2016, 4:35 AM EDT
The Obama administration is expected on Monday – a month ahead of schedule – to achieve its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year.
August 29, 2016, 4:18 AM EDT
Iran has installed sophisticated Russian-made surface-to-air missile launchers at a secretive nuclear facility which the Obama administration contends has been rendered harmless under the nuclear deal.
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.