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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

30 Jul 2018

Why is Saudi halting oil shipments through the Red Sea?

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea's Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway.

29 Jul 2018

As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies

RIYADH Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem's status or refugees' right of return, easing their concerns that the kingdom might back a nascent U.S. deal which aligns with Israel on key issues.

09 Jul 2018

Saudi bid to protect pre-Islamic sites upends religious dictates

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is preserving pre-Islamic heritage sites, like a date palm oasis from the Stone Age, in a break with the austere strain of Sunni Islam that has dominated the country for decades, as the reclusive kingdom tries to open up.

01 Jul 2018

Saudi king said will boost oil output if needed - White House

WASHINGTON/RIYADH The leader of Saudi Arabia promised President Donald Trump that he can raise oil production if needed and the country has 2 million barrels per day of spare capacity, the White House said on Saturday, rowing back on an earlier Trump tweet that appeared to suggest the Saudis had agreed to boost output by that amount.

29 Jun 2018

U.N. hopeful for Yemen peace deal but Saudi coalition unlikely to drop demand for Houthi withdrawal

GENEVA/RIYADH The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said on Friday it would welcome a political deal to end the conflict but indicated it would keep insisting on a complete withdrawal by the Houthis from territory seized since 2014.

25 Jun 2018

U.N. envoy due in Yemen as strains escalate with Houthi missile launch

RIYADH/ADEN The Iran-aligned Houthi movement fired missiles at the Saudi capital Riyadh late on Sunday, escalating tensions ahead of a visit by the U.N. envoy to Yemen this week to try to avert a military assault on the country's main port city.

25 Jun 2018

Saudi air defences intercept missiles above capital, coalition says

RIYADH Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had intercepted two missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over the capital Riyadh, as a Saudi-led coalition moved to wrest control of Yemen's main port city from the Iran-aligned group.

24 Jun 2018

Saudi women take victory lap as driving ban ends

RIYADH Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. | Video

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


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