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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

09 Oct 2017

Lebanon passes disputed tax hikes to fund public sector pay rise

BEIRUT Lebanon's parliament approved contentious taxes needed to finance a public sector pay rise on Monday and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri warned the alternative was a collapse of the Lebanese pound in six months.

30 Aug 2017

Lebanon embarks on long-delayed reforms but debt problems mount

BEIRUT Lebanon has begun reforms to repair its fragile economy after years of paralysis in decision-making but is under pressure to do more to prevent its rising debt spinning out of control.

27 Aug 2017

Changes to proposed U.S. anti-Hezbollah sanctions allay Lebanon's fears

BEIRUT Proposed tighter U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah have been altered enough to allay fears of major damage to Lebanon's economy, a sign Washington is taking concerns about Lebanese stability seriously, banking and political sources said.

11 Aug 2017

Hezbollah steers Lebanon closer to Syria, straining efforts to stay neutral

BEIRUT Hezbollah and its allies are pressing the Lebanese state to normalise relations with President Bashar al-Assad's government in Syria, testing Lebanon's policy of "dissociation" from the Syrian conflict and igniting a political row.

02 Aug 2017

Hezbollah, Nusra Front prisoner swap means large refugee transfer can start

BEIRUT Three recently captured fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group were released by Syrian Nusra Front militants early on Wednesday in exchange for three individuals held by Lebanon, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Security, told Reuters.

02 Aug 2017

Hezbollah, Nusra Front prisoner swap means large refugee transfer can start

BEIRUT Three recently captured fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah group were released by Syrian Nusra Front militants early on Wednesday in exchange for three individuals held by Lebanon, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's General Security, told Reuters.

11 Jul 2017

Syrian Observatory says it has 'confirmed information' that Islamic State chief is dead

CAIRO/BEIRUT The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. | Video

07 Jul 2017

Egypt detains Chinese Uighur students, who fear return to China - rights group

CAIRO Egyptian authorities detained dozens of students from China's minority Muslim Uighur community living in Egypt this week, raising fears they will be returned to China and arrested, other Uighur students and Human Rights Watch said.

04 Jul 2017

'You destroy, we rebuild' - a builder's life in war-torn Syria

BEIRUT When builder Abu Salem repairs a shell hole in a house in rebel-held southern Syria, he knows it might not be the last job he does on the structure.

17 Jun 2017

Syrian army declares city ceasefire as Russia, U.N. plan July peace talks

BEIRUT The Syrian army said it would suspend combat operations in the southern city of Deraa for 48 hours from Saturday, as mediators announced two separate attempts to convene new peace talks next month.

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