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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

21 Sep 2017

Armed group seeks legitimacy with Tripoli migrant deal, source says

ROME/TUNIS A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.

08 Sep 2017

'Ghost boats' drop Tunisian migrants onto sunny Italian tourist beaches

ROME The figures jumping from a small boat into the clear shallow waters and running ashore on an Italian beach look like troops practicing a D-Day-style landing, but this is no drill, and these are not soldiers.

04 Sep 2017

Malta-based charity group suspends Mediterranean migrant rescues

ROME A Malta-based humanitarian group that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean for three years said on Monday it was suspending operations after months of rising tensions with Italian and Libyan authorities.

04 Sep 2017

Malta-based charity group suspends Mediterranean migrant rescues

ROME, Sept 4 A Malta-based humanitarian group that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean for three years said on Monday that it was suspending operations after months of rising tensions with Italian and Libyan authorities.

22 Aug 2017

Exclusive - Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya

TUNIS/ROME An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said.

21 Aug 2017

Refugees in Rome protest eviction, seek help from city hall

ROME Dozens of refugees on Monday protested their eviction from a central Rome office building where they had been squatting for years in the latest example of tension as authorities deal with an influx of migrants.

14 Aug 2017

Italy to return ambassador to Cairo, ending standoff over murdered student

ROME Italy said on Monday it would return its ambassador to Cairo more than a year after the murder of an Italian graduate student led the Rome government to recall its previous envoy.

11 Aug 2017

Migrant rescue boat goes to aid of anti-migrant vessel in Mediterranean

ROME A German humanitarian rescue ship went to the aid of a vessel run by a group of anti-immigration activists on Friday, but were told when they arrived that their help was not needed.

09 Aug 2017

Italy-Malta migrant standoff ends as humanitarian boat docks in Sicily

ROME Italy on Wednesday gave permission to a Spanish humanitarian organisation to dock and disembark migrants in Sicily after three days of arguments with Malta over who should take in the rescued men.

27 Jul 2017

Italy aims to deploy ships in Libyan waters by end-August

ROME Italy intends to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to combat human trafficking and stem a huge influx of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.

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