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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

21 Mar 2018

In symbolic victory, Iran conquers Iraq's dates market

BAGHDAD It isn't hard to find signs that Iran is winning a proxy war with Saudi Arabia in Iraq.

19 Mar 2018

Iraq sends money to pay Kurdish salaries for first time since 2014

BAGHDAD Iraq sent money to pay salaries of state employees in the Kurdish region on Monday for the first time since 2014, the Baghdad government said, although a dispute over how much it will send the Kurds in future remains unresolved.

18 Mar 2018

Iraq's SOMO chief says targeting more crude sells to Asian markets

BAGHDAD The head of Iraq's state-oil marketer SOMO said on Sunday that Iraq will seek to corner a greater share of Asian markets through a new joint venture strategy.

13 Mar 2018

Iraqi PM says will lift ban on international flights to Kurdistan Region

BAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a decree on Tuesday he would lift a ban on international air traffic to the Kurdistan Region and flights could resume within one week.

05 Mar 2018

Iraq parliament votes to create national oil company: lawmakers

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament voted on Monday to establish a new National Oil Company to manage its energy sector, lawmakers told Reuters.

04 Mar 2018

Iraqi parliament approves budget, Kurdish lawmakers boycott vote

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament approved a long-delayed budget on Saturday, the first since declaring victory over Islamic State after three years of war, but Kurdish lawmakers boycotted the vote over their region's diminished allocation.

01 Mar 2018

Iraqi parliament demands timeline for foreign troop withdrawal

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament demanded on Thursday that the government set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops stationed in the country to help fight Islamic State (IS) insurgents, a ruling coalition lawmaker said.

27 Feb 2018

Iraq PM agrees with Kurdish authorities to resume Kirkuk oil exports

BAGHDAD Iraq's government has agreed with Kurdish regional authorities to resume Kirkuk oil exports through Turkey's Ceyhan port soon, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday without giving a precise timeline for restarting the flow.

25 Feb 2018

Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining Islamic State

BAGHDAD An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.

19 Feb 2018

Iraqi oil minister to visit Turkey: statement

BAGHDAD Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi will visit Turkey at the end of the week at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart to discuss the resumption of oil exports through Turkey's Ceyhan port, the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement on Monday.


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