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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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Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT/ANKARA Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face "serious consequences" for entering Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive.

21 Feb 2018

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

BEIRUT Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta outside the Syrian capital Damascus on Tuesday, in a surge of violence that a war monitor said had killed at least 250 people since Sunday night. | Video

21 Feb 2018

Syria pro-government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey

ANKARA/BEIRUT Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict. | Video

19 Feb 2018

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday.

19 Feb 2018

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official said on Sunday.

16 Feb 2018

Hezbollah says Lebanon must be firm in Israel energy dispute

BEIRUT Hezbollah on Friday urged Lebanon to stand firm in its offshore energy dispute with Israel and warned it could act against Israeli oil facilities if necessary, as the U.S. mediates between the two countries.

09 Feb 2018

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria: army

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish warplanes have launched a new wave of bombing of Kurdish militia targets in Syria's Afrin region, the military said on Friday, and a monitoring group said the strikes killed seven fighters and two civilians.

07 Feb 2018

Lebanon vows to block border wall, Israel eyes diplomacy on gas field

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Lebanon vowed on Wednesday to prevent any territorial intrusion by a border wall which Israel is building, and Israel said it wanted foreign mediation to resolve a maritime energy dispute with its northern neighbour.

06 Feb 2018

Lebanese leaders say Israel threatens border stability

BEIRUT Lebanon's top three leaders accused Israel on Tuesday of threatening the stability of the border region between them, amid rising tension over territorial and maritime boundaries.

04 Feb 2018

No end to crisis in sight as Lebanon's garbage mountains grow

BEIRUT Arpi Kruzian has lived on the coastline east of Beirut for three decades. But now her balcony has a different view: a massive mound of trash rising on the Mediterranean.

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