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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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12 Dec 2017

U.S. military must accept transgender recruits by January 1, judge rules

Transgender recruits will be able to join the U.S. military as of Jan. 1 after a federal judge on Monday denied a request by President Donald Trump's administration to enforce his ban on transgender troops while the government appeals an order blocking it.

06 Dec 2017

Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death - Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh would, in the short term, likely worsen an already dire humanitarian situation in the country.

05 Dec 2017

U.S. defence chief urges Pakistan to redouble efforts against militants

ISLAMABAD U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday met Pakistan's civilian and military leaders and urged them "redouble" their efforts to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan.

02 Dec 2017

Mattis eyes moving away from arming Syrian Kurdish fighters

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that as offensive operations against Islamic State in Syria entered their final stages, he expected the focus to move towards holding territory instead of arming Syrian Kurdish fighters.

29 Nov 2017

U.S. general sees no change in Pakistan behaviour despite Trump tough line

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said on Tuesday that he had not seen a change in Pakistan's support for militants so far, despite President Donald Trump taking a tougher line against Islamabad.

29 Nov 2017

U.S. Air Force failed to report dozens of cases to gun database

WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday there were at least several dozen cases of serious crimes involving its personnel which it failed to report to a federal database used by licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on firearms purchasers.

26 Nov 2017

U.S. warns of repercussions for Pakistan over freed militant Hafiz Saeed

WASHINGTON The White House said on Saturday there would be repercussions for U.S.-Pakistan relations unless Islamabad took action to detain and charge a newly freed Islamist accused of masterminding a 2008 assault in Mumbai.

26 Nov 2017

Succession battle at U.S. financial agency seen headed to courts

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON A battle between the White House and Democrats over warring appointments to head up the top U.S. regulator for consumer finance is likely headed for the courts, opening any interim actions by the agency to legal challenges, lawyers said on Saturday. | Video

25 Nov 2017

Pentagon likely to acknowledge 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON The Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. | Video

22 Nov 2017

U.S. says air strike kills over 100 militants in Somalia

WASHINGTON The U.S. military said it killed more than 100 Islamist militants in Somalia on Tuesday when it launched an air strike against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked insurgent group that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government.

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