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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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04 Sep 2017

Saudi Arabia seeks Islamic tourism boost in test for heritage, tradition

MECCA/RIYADH A few steps away from Mecca's Grand Mosque, a dozen empty towers rise into the sky above the holy city visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year.

03 Sep 2017

Pilgrims return to Mecca as haj winds down without incident

MECCA More than two million pilgrims participating in the haj this week began returning to Mecca on Sunday for final prayers as the world's largest annual gathering of Muslims winds down.

03 Sep 2017

Muslims at haj are worried about Trump's policies towards them

MECCA/RIYADH Even at Islam's holiest sites and during the most sacred time of year for Muslims, some people cannot stop talking about Donald Trump.

02 Sep 2017

Muslims at haj are worried about Trump's policies towards them

MECCA/RIYADH Even at Islam's holiest sites and during the most sacred time of year for Muslims, some people cannot stop talking about Donald Trump. | Video

01 Sep 2017

Muslim pilgrims converge on Jamarat for symbolic stoning of the devil

JAMARAT, Saudi Arabia Two million Muslim pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil on Friday, the riskiest part of the annual haj pilgrimage where hundreds of people were killed in a crush two years ago.

01 Sep 2017

Iran sends pilgrims back to haj in test for broader dialogue

MECCA/LONDON Iranian pilgrims returned to haj this year for the first time since a deadly crush in 2015, in what could be an important confidence-building measure for dialogue on other thorny issues between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

31 Aug 2017

Muslim pilgrims in Muzdalifa prepare for haj's final stages

MUZDALIFA, Saudi Arabia Two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday for a vigil to atone for their sins, then descended to Muzdalifa to prepare for the final stages of the annual haj pilgrimage. | Video

30 Aug 2017

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca

ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia Hundreds of thousands of Muslims began the annual haj pilgrimage on Wednesday, donning traditional white garments and heading to a tent camp outside the holy city of Mecca in an itinerary retracing the route Prophet Mohammad took 14 centuries ago.

29 Aug 2017

For first time, Saudi women step into haj emergency role

MECCA Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce. | Video

29 Aug 2017

For first time, Saudi women step into haj emergency role

MECCA Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce. | Video

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