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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

15 Nov 2017

Analysis: Trump heads home with 'America First' ringing in Asian ears

MANILA As Air Force One took off from Manila on Tuesday at the end of the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than quarter of a century, at least two of the region's leaders had good reason to feel satisfied. | Video

10 Sep 2017

After insurgents' truce, Myanmar says "we don't negotiate with terrorists"

YANGON/SHAH PORIR DWIP ISLAND, Bangladesh Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingya insurgents to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in the violence-racked state of Rakhine, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.

04 Sep 2017

After political storm, Indonesia president faces economic clouds

JAKARTA During the first months of this year, President Joko Widodo was an embattled leader grappling with Indonesia's most serious political and religious tensions in two decades. Now, he has come through the storm looking stronger than ever.

03 Jul 2017

Exclusive: Indonesia hopes for additional $10 billion inflows after S&P upgrade, president says

JAKARTA Indonesia is hoping for additional inflows worth $10 billion from pension funds and other institutional investors over the next two years following Standard & Poor's upgrade of its credit rating to investment grade, President Joko Widodo told Reuters.

03 Jul 2017

Exclusive: Indonesia's reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact - president

JAKARTA Indonesia's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.

19 Jun 2017

Facebook gets initial approval to set up local unit in Indonesia - source

JAKARTA Facebook Inc has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia, said a senior government source from the Southeast Asian nation, home to the social networking giant's fourth-largest user base.

28 Feb 2017

Saudi king to work with Indonesia to combat Islamic State - ambassador

JAKARTA A pact to combat terrorism will be the centrepiece of up to 10 agreements that will be signed when Saudi Arabia's king this week visits Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, the kingdom's envoy to Indonesia said on Tuesday.

10 Feb 2017

Eco-warrior lays waste to Philippines' mining industry

MANILA Mining industry chiefs had just assailed her order to shut down more than half of the Philippines' mines, and Regina Lopez was in a combative mood: but, to keep her cool before an interview, she slipped into a side room and meditated for a few minutes.

07 Feb 2017

Philippines 'unfit for mining' because of nation’s unique ecosystem: minister

MANILA Philippine Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez will not reconsider her decision to shut down 23 of the country's 41 mines, saying the Southeast Asian nation is "unfit for mining."

19 Dec 2016

Duterte defends China, says unfair to blame Beijing for Philippines' drug problem

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's office, responding to a Reuters report, came to China's defence on Monday, saying it was unfair to hold Beijing responsible for the drug problem in the Philippines.

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