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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 Oct 2017

Italy's government wins confidence votes on contested electoral law

ROME The Italian government on Wednesday won two confidence votes on a fiercely contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's national election.

11 Oct 2017

Rights group questions Italy's work with Libya stopping migrants

ROME Europe's top human rights organisation asked Italy for more information on its work intercepting migrants at sea, warning that any moves to return them to Libya would break international treaties.

09 Oct 2017

Marseille attacker probably radicalized by brother: police

ROME The brother of the man who killed two women with a knife outside Marseille train station last week was probably a foreign fighter in Syria and Iraq, Italian investigators said on Monday.

08 Oct 2017

Italy's main parties back election law that isolates 5-Star

ROME Italy's traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement ahead of next year's national election.

04 Oct 2017

Young migrants face more dangers after reaching Italy

ROME Mamadu Bassir sits eating a breakfast of warm milk and cookies in a migrants shelter in Rome - one of nearly 65,000 lone youngsters who have survived the perilous sea journey from North Africa to Italy in the past four years.

29 Sep 2017

U.N. aims to open Libyan transit centre early next year: senior official

ROME The U.N. refugee agency is seeking to open a refugee transit centre in Tripoli early next year to resettle or evacuate as many as 5,000 of the most vulnerable refugees out of Libya each year, a senior U.N. official said on Friday.

26 Sep 2017

Rescue ship says Libyan coast guard shot at and boarded it, seeking migrants

ROME A Libyan coast guard vessel fired shots and boarded a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, demanding that the migrants on board be handed over to them, a spokesman for the Mission Lifeline charity said.

21 Sep 2017

Armed group seeks legitimacy with Tripoli migrant deal, source says

ROME/TUNIS A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.

08 Sep 2017

"Ghost boats" drop Tunisian migrants onto sunny Italian tourist beaches

ROME The figures jumping from a small boat into the clear shallow waters and running ashore on an Italian beach look like troops practicing a D-Day-style landing, but this is no drill, and these are not soldiers.

04 Sep 2017

Malta-based charity group suspends Mediterranean migrant rescues

ROME A Malta-based humanitarian group that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean for three years said on Monday it was suspending operations after months of rising tensions with Italian and Libyan authorities.

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