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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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24 Nov 2017

Philippines' Duterte ditches peace process with Maoist rebels

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he has terminated intermittent peace talks with Maoist-led rebels and would consider them "terrorists" because hostilities had continued during negotiations.

21 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Philippines' PT&T seeks Chinese help to build telecoms business

MANILA Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp will partner with Chinese companies to challenge the nation's two dominant telecoms groups, its chairman said on Tuesday, a move which could be a game changer in the local market.

21 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Philippines' PT&T seeks partners for broadband, cell services, talks to Chinese firms

MANILA Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp is talking to Chinese companies about forming strategic partnerships as part of plans to turn a niche player into a force in the domestic telecoms market, its chairman said on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2017

Philippines' Duterte offers telecoms role to new ally China

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the "privilege" of being his country's third telecoms operator, his spokesman said on Monday, turning to a historic rival to break a longstanding duopoly that has frustrated consumers for years.

16 Nov 2017

Philippines economy sizzles in forecast-beating third-quarter growth

MANILA The Philippine economy clocked forecast-topping growth of 6.9 percent in the third quarter, making it one of Asia's fastest growing and building expectations for a near-term increase in interest rates.

14 Nov 2017

South China Sea code of conduct talks to be 'stabiliser' for region: China premier

MANILA China's agreement to begin talks with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the fine print of a code of conduct framework for the disputed South China Sea will help to stabilise the region, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said.

21 Oct 2017

Fighting in southern Philippine city may end imminently - military

MARAWI CITY, Philippines The Philippines is preparing to declare the end of fighting in a southern city seized for five months by pro-Islamic State rebels, a top military commander said on Saturday, as troops continued a phased withdrawal from the devastated lakeside city.

19 Oct 2017

Philippines says 'big possibility' Malaysian militant leader killed

MARAWI CITY, Philippines The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a "big possibility" that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in a battle overnight. | Video

17 Oct 2017

Philippine president declares Marawi liberated as battle goes on

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. | Video

16 Oct 2017

Philippines vows to crush pro-Islamic State groups after two leaders killed

MANILA The Philippines' military chief vowed no letup on Monday in hunting down and destroying extremist groups loyal to Islamic State, saying Marawi City would be retaken within days after the pivotal killing of two top rebel commanders.

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