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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

20 Oct 2017

U.S. must step up support for operation against W.Africa militants - France

PARIS/WASHINGTON The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa or it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France's defence minister said on Friday.

19 Oct 2017

Criticised for Egypt ties, France to raise human rights with al-Sisi

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron, conscious of criticism of France's policy on Egypt, will raise his concerns over human rights when he meets Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris next week, his office said on Thursday.

13 Oct 2017

UNESCO selects France's Azoulay as new chief

PARIS The United Nations' cultural agency selected former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay as its new chief on Friday, handing her the keys to revive UNESCO's fortunes after the United States pulled out.

13 Oct 2017

Too little cash, too much politics, leaves UNESCO fighting for life

PARIS In the modernist but faded headquarters of UNESCO, the U.N.'s cultural agency on Paris's elegant Left Bank, more than a few diplomats wandered the corridors on Friday wondering if the organisation has a future.

13 Oct 2017

U.N. cultural agency to pick new chief after U.S. walkout

PARIS The United Nations' cultural agency will elect a new chief on Friday, seeking someone who can revive UNESCO's fortunes after the United States and Israel pulled out.

13 Oct 2017

U.S., Israel quit U.N. heritage agency citing bias

PARIS The United States and Israel announced on Thursday they were quitting the U.N.'s cultural agency UNESCO, after Washington accused it of anti-Israeli bias.

12 Oct 2017

USA treten aus der Unesco aus - Kritik an Haltung zu Israel

Washington/Paris Die USA treten aus der Unesco aus. Das Außenministerium in Washington gab am Donnerstag als Gründe unter anderem das Fehlen von grundsätzlichen Reformen sowie eine Israel-feindliche Haltung an.

12 Oct 2017

Fearing Trump torpedo, Europe scrambles to save Iran deal

BERLIN/PARIS European countries are scrambling to cobble together a package of measures they hope will keep the Iran nuclear deal on track if U.S. President Donald Trump ignores their pleas and decertifies the landmark 2015 agreement this week.

11 Oct 2017

Arab rivalries exposed as Egypt targets Qatar in UNESCO vote

PARIS Arab states may want their turn at the helm of UNESCO, but the barbs hurled by Egypt at rival candidate Qatar during the vote highlights the fractious geopolitics paralysing the workings of the U.N. cultural agency.

06 Oct 2017

Drained of cash and riven by rivalries, UNESCO seeks leader to revive fortunes

PARIS When Israel's envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing the workings of the agency.

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