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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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02 Jun 2018

Saudi Arabia names businessman as labour minister, boosts culture and environment

RIYADH Saudi Arabia on Saturday named a prominent businessman as labour minister in a move welcomed by the private sector, as the kingdom seeks to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs for an overwhelmingly young population.

28 May 2018

Saudi activists' arrest revives concerns about reform agenda

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the much-hyped lifting of a ban on women driving, has revived doubts about its crown prince's inscrutable and seemingly erratic approach to reforms in the kingdom. | Video

14 May 2018

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

RIYADH/BEIRUT The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East - but virtual silence among Washington's closest Gulf allies.

10 May 2018

Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after U.S. quits Iran deal

RIYADH Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies basked on Wednesday in what they saw as a political victory over Iran, their rival for regional influence, after Washington withdrew from the international nuclear accord with Tehran. | Video

10 May 2018

Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after U.S. quits Iran deal

RIYADH Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies basked on Wednesday in what they saw as a political victory over Iran, their rival for regional influence, after Washington withdrew from the international nuclear accord with Tehran. | Video

02 May 2018

Citi considers Saudi expansion as banks aim to captalize on reforms

RIYADH Citigroup is considering seeking a full banking license in Saudi Arabia as Western banks aim to capitalize on Saudi economic reforms, with rival HSBC announcing it has won mandates for several privatizations in the kingdom

29 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia launches multi-billion dollar entertainment resort

QIDDIYA, Saudi Arabia Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday of a vast entertainment resort that is at the heart of an ambitious strategy to open the economy and ease social restrictions.

25 Apr 2018

Saudi Arabia needs 1.2 million jobs by 2022 to hit unemployment target: official

RIYADH Saudi Arabia aims to create 1.2 million jobs by 2022 by focusing on the retail sector in order to reduce unemployment to 9 percent, a senior labor ministry official told Reuters.

22 Apr 2018

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighbourhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest.

21 Apr 2018

Saudis flock to 'Black Panther' as first public cinema premieres

RIYADH Dozens of Saudi families flocked to the movies on Friday for the first time in almost 40 years after the lifting of a ban on a form of entertainment once deemed corrupting and un-Islamic.

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