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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

17 Oct 2017

Inspection battle threatens Egypt's wheat supply

CAIRO Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world's largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.

28 Sep 2017

Islamic State's Baghdadi, in undated audio, urges militants to keep fighting

CAIRO Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has exhorted followers across the world to wage attacks against the West and to keep fighting in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

19 Sep 2017

Egypt exports seen up 10 percent for year, China fastest growing investor

CAIRO Egypt's exports should grow about 10 percent this year to reach $22 billion, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil said on Tuesday, as the country lures foreign investors keen on setting up manufacturing following economic reforms.

13 Sep 2017

Facing potential wheat crisis, Egypt plays down poppy seed risk

CAIRO Poppy seeds found in two cargoes of imported wheat halted by Egyptian authorities are "not very dangerous", Agriculture Minister Abdel Moneim Al-Banna told Reuters on Wednesday, in comments that could avert a trade row.

10 Sep 2017

Egypt may reject French wheat as tough inspections rattle trade

DUBAI/CAIRO Egypt is considering rejecting 59,000 tonnes of French wheat purchased by state grain buyer GASC due to the presence of poppy seeds, the second cargo to come under such scrutiny and raising fresh uncertainty over the country's import policy.

23 Aug 2017

Egypt pins export hopes on new leather production city

CAIRO Just beyond the outskirts of Cairo on a desert road to the Suez Canal, a sprawling industrial zone is coming to life as Egypt's leather industry leaves behind its ancient tanning quarters for modern workshops of Robiki Leather City.

10 Aug 2017

Egypt cotton exports up nearly 20 percent as historic crop restored

CAIRO Exports of Egypt's prized cotton will hit 38,000 tonnes in the 2016-17 season ending this month, up 19 percent on last year's total, the head of a cotton exporting council told Reuters, as Egypt looks to win back market share lost after a 2011 uprising.

06 Jul 2017

In surprise move, Egypt hikes key interest rates again

CAIRO Egypt's central bank, faced with accelerating inflation, late on Thursday raised its key interest rates by 200 basis points for the second policy meeting in a row, confounding economists who had forecast it would hold them.

22 Jun 2017

Egypt expects FDI boost as investment law regulations finalised

CAIRO Egypt's investment ministry has finalised a much-anticipated set of regulations outlining incentives that it hopes will lure back badly needed foreign investors, Investment Minister Sahar Nasr told Reuters on Wednesday.

12 Jun 2017

Egypt bans scores of news websites in growing censorship crackdown

CAIRO An often fiery government critic, Egyptian journalist Khaled al-Balshi has been arrested, had his operations monitored, and staff harassed by police for years. Yet his website Al-Bedaiah, a rare dissident voice in Egypt, had never been touched.

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