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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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12 Sep 2017

In election test, ousted Pakistan PM's heir-apparent takes limelight

LAHORE In campaigning for a Pakistan by-election seen as a test of support for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the most visible figure is not on the ballot: Sharif's daughter, Maryam, widely touted as his political heir-apparent.

11 Sep 2017

Interview: Pakistan PM warns U.S. sanctions would be counter-productive

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning it would hurt both countries' fight against militancy.

28 Aug 2017

Braving security fears, Chinese seek 'Silk Road' riches in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan/SHANGHAI Zhang Yang, a businessman from Chongqing in southwest China, is searching online forums for fellow stout-hearted entrepreneurs willing to cast aside security concerns and join him on a scouting mission to Pakistan.

25 Aug 2017

Pakistan's population surges to 208 million: bureau

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's population has risen to nearly 208 million people with an average annual growth of 2.4 percent, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics said on Friday, after the South Asian nation conducted its first census in 19 years.

24 Aug 2017

Pakistan urges U.S. to tackle militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD Pakistan on Thursday responded to Washington's accusation that it shelters the Afghan Taliban by saying the U.S. military itself is failing to eliminate militant sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.

24 Aug 2017

Pakistan's PM, military meet to respond to Trump's criticism

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants.

23 Aug 2017

Trump talks tough on Pakistan's 'terrorist' havens, but options scarce

ISLAMABAD Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants - an approach analysts say will probably not change Pakistan's strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

09 Aug 2017

Pakistan's skydiving PM seen soothing military, energy fears

ISLAMABAD Family links to Pakistan's powerful military and a cabinet stint championing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) will probably help new prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi navigate thorny relations with the army and curb rolling blackouts.

04 Aug 2017

Pakistan's new PM forms cabinet with an eye to 2018 poll

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday formed a cabinet filled with allies of toppled leader Nawaz Sharif, in a reshuffle that appears aimed at bolstering support ahead of general elections due in mid-2018.

01 Aug 2017

Pakistani lawmakers elect ousted PM Nawaz Sharif's ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as replacement

ISLAMABAD Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday elected former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, an ally of ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, to replace him and the new premier immediately sought to project an image of stability. | Video

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