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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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10 Oct 2017

Thai junta sets firm date for election after many false starts

BANGKOK Thailand will hold a general election in November 2018, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, the most precise date he has given yet for the vote since taking power in a 2014 military coup.

09 Oct 2017

Thai air safety upgrade opens up growing China, Korea, Japan markets

BANGKOK Thai airlines can now add flights to the growing China, South Korea and Japan markets after the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization removed a red flag against Thailand over safety concerns, officials said on Monday.

06 Oct 2017

Former Thai PM Thaksin to be charged with royal insult: attorney general

BANGKOK Thailand's ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be charged with royal insult and computer crimes, the junta's attorney general said on Friday, a day after a court issued a second arrest warrant for his sister.

28 Sep 2017

Thai junta leader says fugitive former PM Yingluck is in Dubai

BANGKOK The leader of Thailand's military junta said on Thursday that Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister he ousted three years ago, was in Dubai, where she fled last month to avoid being jailed over a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars.

27 Sep 2017

Fugitive former Thai PM Yingluck gets five years' jail in absentia

BANGKOK Thailand's Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison on Wednesday for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars.

27 Sep 2017

Verdict due in trial of Thailand's missing ex-PM Yingluck

BANGKOK Thailand's Supreme Court is expected to deliver a verdict on Wednesday in a negligence trial involving former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled abroad last month fearing that the military government would seek a harsh sentence.

01 Sep 2017

Thailand approves $2.2 billion in help for rice farmers

BANGKOK Thailand's government on Friday announced $2.2 billion in loans and handouts to help stabilize prices for rice farmers, a politically influential group whose heartland is in regions where opposition to the military junta is strongest.

29 Aug 2017

Thailand's Buddhism chief removed after pressure from religious groups

BANGKOK Thailand's junta has removed the head of the national Buddhism office, the prime minister said on Tuesday, after religious groups called on the government to sack him over his plans to clean up scandal-hit monasteries.

25 Aug 2017

Thailand's Yingluck a no-show for negligence ruling, verdict postponed

BANGKOK/KHON KAEN A Thai Supreme Court judge said he suspected Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister ousted by a coup in 2014, had fled or gone into hiding after she failed to attend court on Friday for the verdict in a negligence case brought by the ruling junta.

23 Aug 2017

A guilty verdict for Thailand's Yingluck may stoke anger but military firmly in charge

BANGKOK A long-awaited verdict in the trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra this week could inflame tension and would likely have far-reaching implications in the politically divided kingdom.


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