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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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Escape from North Korea: video shows defector under fire

SEOUL A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South in the chase for a defector last week - a violation of the ceasefire accord between North and South, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed. | Video

21 Nov 2017

Analysis: Once inside Kim Jong Un's inner circle, top aide's star fades

SEOUL When Kim Jong Un sat down in September to order the sixth and largest of North Korea's nuclear tests, Hwang Pyong So sat by his side, his khaki military uniform conspicuous among the suits at the table, photos released by state media at the time showed.

17 Nov 2017

Injured defector's parasites and diet hint at hard life in N.Korea

SEOUL Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

15 Nov 2017

North Korea's Kim trades missiles for tractors during testing lull

SEOUL After a summer filled with flaming rockets and an earth-shaking nuclear blast, North Korea's state media is portraying Kim Jong Un as a leader who has temporarily traded weapons for workshops.

15 Nov 2017

North Korea's Kim trades missiles for tractors during testing lull

SEOUL, Nov 15 After a summer filled with flaming rockets and an earth-shaking nuclear blast, North Korea's state media is portraying Kim Jong Un as a leader who has temporarily traded weapons for workshops.

14 Nov 2017

Top U.S. negotiator arrives in South Korea amid hopes for easing tensions

SEOUL The United States' top negotiator with North Korea arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, a visit that comes as hopes rise for an easing of tensions on the peninsula in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit and a lull in missile testing.

08 Nov 2017

Analysis: 'Is this the Trump we know?' S.Koreans wax sanguine after Trump visit

SEOUL By the time Donald Trump departed Seoul on Wednesday, the sometimes bellicose American president seemed to have mollified South Koreans who had been bracing for more confrontational rhetoric over North Korea, trade, and defence spending.

08 Nov 2017

Fog stops Trump facing-off North Korea across DMZ

SEOUL After months of fiery rhetoric and rising tensions, U.S. President Donald Trump's secret attempt to personally face off with North Korea across the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Wednesday was defeated by fog and mist.

08 Nov 2017

Fog stops Trump facing-off North Korea across DMZ

SEOUL After months of fiery rhetoric and rising tensions, U.S. President Donald Trump's secret attempt to personally face off with North Korea across the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Wednesday was defeated by fog and mist.

20 Oct 2017

"Unacceptably high" number of Afghans flee military training in U.S. - report

KABUL Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go "absent without leave" at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday.

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