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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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09 Jan 2018

Rights group criticises Thai PM's cardboard cutout gesture

BANGKOK Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, known for his temperamental outbursts, has adopted a unique tactic to avoid tricky questions from reporters -- leave a cardboard cutout of himself for reporters to quiz.

19 Dec 2017

Thai junta says to allow parties to get ready for 2018 election

BANGKOK Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he would use a special order that gives the military sweeping powers to allow political parties to prepare for next year's general election.

31 Oct 2017

Thailand's political activity ban stays for now - PM

BANGKOK Thailand's military government on Tuesday said it will not yet lift a ban on political activity, despite a general election scheduled for next year and growing pressure from political parties to lift it.

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.


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