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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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Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. | Video

25 Sep 2017

Irakische Kurden stimmen über Unabhängigkeit ab

Erbil/Sulaimaniya Die irakischen Kurden haben ungeachtet internationaler Proteste und gegen den Willen der Zentralregierung über die Unabhängigkeit ihrer Region abgestimmt.

24 Sep 2017

Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad' - Barzani

ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote.

24 Sep 2017

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

BAGHDAD Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

24 Sep 2017

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

BAGHDAD Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

24 Sep 2017

Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan

BAGHDAD, Sept 24 Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.

21 Sep 2017

Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an Islamic State-held region near oil city Kirkuk

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, west of the oil city of Kirkuk and one of two areas of the country still under the control of the militants.

18 Sep 2017

Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

ANKARA/BAGHDAD Turkish tanks carried out drills at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before a referendum across that frontier on Kurdish independence that Ankara has called a threat to its national security.

18 Sep 2017

Islamic State families moved to site north of Mosul, Iraq confirms

BAGHDAD About 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants have been moved to a new site north of Mosul, Iraqi authorities confirmed on Monday, dismissing the concerns of aid organizations, who were not warned about the move.

16 Sep 2017

Iraqi forces capture area on Syria border from IS - military

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT Iraqi armed forces on Saturday dislodged Islamic State from a natural gas-rich border area with Syria, according to the military.

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