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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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15 Aug 2017

Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

ROME Italy said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy.

11 Aug 2017

Migrant rescue boat goes to aid of anti-migrant vessel in Mediterranean

ROME A German humanitarian rescue ship went to the aid of a vessel run by a group of anti-immigration activists on Friday, but were told when they arrived that their help was not needed.

09 Aug 2017

Malta migrant standoff ends as humanitarian boat docks in Sicily

ROME Italy on Wednesday gave permission to a Spanish humanitarian organisation to dock and disembark migrants in Sicily after three days of arguments with Malta over who should take in the rescued men.

28 Jul 2017

Italy aims to deploy ships in Libyan waters by end-August

ROME Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to combat human trafficking and stem a huge influx of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.

26 Jul 2017

Libya invites Italy into its waters to fight human trafficking

ROME Libya's Tripoli-based government has invited Italian war ships into its territorial waters to support the fight against human trafficking, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday.

26 Jul 2017

Italy seeks 'code of conduct' for charity ships as death toll rises

ROME The Italian government on Tuesday threatened to shut humanitarian groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country's ports if they do not sign a "code of conduct".

22 Jul 2017

Far-right millennials set out to sea to 'defend Europe' from migrants

CATANIA, Italy A dozen far-right millennials from Europe and North America plan to set sail next week to "defend Europe" from what they call a migrant invasion from Africa, using social media as their weapons. | Video

28 Jun 2017

Italy pleads to EU for help with migrants, threatens to close ports

ROME/BRUSSELS Italy on Wednesday appealed to the European Union for help in taking in African migrants, even raising the possibility of closing its ports to humanitarian rescue ships to pressure EU partners, sources familiar with the matter said.

28 Jun 2017

Italy's Berlusconi dusts himself down in final bid for power

ROME He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. | Video

26 Jun 2017

Italy winds up Veneto banks at cost of up to 17 billion euros

MILAN/ROME Italy began winding up two failed regional banks on Sunday in a deal that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) and will leave the lenders' good assets in the hands of the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo. | Video

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