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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

05 Aug 2018

Lebanon's glamorous music festivals struggle in tough times

BEIRUT Shakira and Elton John played one-off concerts in Lebanon in recent months but the summer music festivals that helped make the country a cultural lodestar for the Arab world are struggling.

25 Jul 2018

Wary of U.S. ally, Syrian Kurds look to Damascus for talks

BEIRUT Syria's Kurds are trying to forge ties with Damascus as they seek to protect gains made in seven years of war, wary of their unpredictable U.S. ally and more ready than ever to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad.

20 Jul 2018

Syrian rebels begin evacuating Golan frontier

BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad's control of the frontier.

12 Jul 2018

Syrian state raises flag in birthplace of revolt

AMMAN/BEIRUT The Syrian government raised the national flag on Thursday over areas of Deraa city that have been in rebel hands for years, a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad in the birthplace of the revolt against his rule.

29 Jun 2018

Syrian army makes advances in southwest offensive

BEIRUT The Syrian army battled rebels in an important town in southwest Syria on Thursday, a media unit run by its ally Hezbollah and a war monitor said, as intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area.

08 Jun 2018

'This is why we protest': Jordan family struggles in tough economy

AMMAN Bayan Samara's children often asked her why she could not buy them new clothes or toys. So the Jordanian teacher took them to a rally in the capital. | Video

07 Jun 2018

Jordan's next PM says to drop tax bill that angered protesters

AMMAN/DUBAI Jordan's designated new prime minister said on Thursday he would drop a proposed tax law, conceding to a key demand of protesters who have already brought down the government.

07 Jun 2018

New Jordan prime minister starts talks on building cabinet amid protests

AMMAN, June 7 Jordan's new Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz started talks with lawmakers on Thursday aiming to build a cabinet to tackle the debt-ridden country's economic challenges and calm the biggest protests in years.

07 Jun 2018

Jordan protesters press on, some unions strike after new PM appointed

AMMAN Hundreds of people pressed ahead with protests in Jordan's capital on Wednesday and some unions went on strike despite King Abullah replacing his prime minister to defuse public anger. | Video

06 Jun 2018

Jordan unions strike after new PM appointed

AMMAN Shops and pharmacies closed in Jordan's capital on Wednesday as some unions pressed ahead with a strike protesting against tax hikes, after King Abdullah replaced his prime minister to try to defuse public anger.


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