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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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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria.

11 Oct 2017

Iran president defends Guards in show of unity anticipating Trump

BEIRUT Iran's moderate president gave a full-throated defence of his one-time rivals in the Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, as the country's pragmatist and hardline factions rallied together in the face of threats from Donald Trump.

07 Oct 2017

Iranian president defends nuclear deal, says Trump can not undermine it

BEIRUT Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the nuclear deal with Western powers Saturday and said that U.S. President Donald Trump could not undermine it.

07 Oct 2017

Iranian president defends nuclear deal, says Trump can not undermine it

BEIRUT Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the nuclear deal with Western powers Saturday and said that U.S. President Donald Trump could not undermine it.

27 Sep 2017

Iranians pour onto the streets to mourn soldier beheaded in Syria

BEIRUT Thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to bury a soldier whose beheading by Islamic State has come to symbolise the righteousness of Iran's military involvement in Syria.

22 Sep 2017

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

BAGHDAD In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi'ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on the dusty ground. A video of the session showed heavily armed militiamen standing guard.

20 Aug 2017

Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinet

BEIRUT The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's key members of cabinet, in their posts.

26 Jul 2017

Iran's two top opposition leaders in poor health, one in hospital

BEIRUT The two opposition leaders who disputed the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election, triggering mass protests, are in poor health and one has been hospitalised after a heart attack, news outlets cited family members saying.

26 Jul 2017

Iran's two top opposition leaders in poor health, one in hospital

BEIRUT The two opposition leaders who disputed the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election, triggering mass protests, are in poor health and one has been hospitalized after a heart attack, news outlets cited family members saying.

28 Jun 2017

Iran says will act on U.S. court ruling on Trump's travel ban

BEIRUT, June 28 Iran said on Wednesday it would take "reciprocal action" in response to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.

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