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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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6:59am BST

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

WASHINGTON The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.

6:05am BST

Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S

WASHINGTON The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilise the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.

15 Oct 2017

Trump strikes blow at Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Friday, defying both U.S. allies and adversaries by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the accord even though international inspectors say it is. | Video

06 Oct 2017

Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal, official says

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that potentially could cause the 2015 accord to unravel. | Video

04 Oct 2017

Tillerson says never considered resigning

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday he had never considered resigning and was committed to President Donald Trump's agenda, but failed to address whether he had referred to the president as a "moron," as NBC reported. | Video

27 Sep 2017

Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

RIYADH/WASHINGTON Saudi King Salman on Tuesday ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, ending a conservative tradition seen by rights activists as an emblem of the Islamic kingdom's repression of women.

24 Sep 2017

North Korea says rockets to U.S. 'inevitable' as U.S. bombers fly off North Korean coast

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON North Korea said on Saturday targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr. Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", further escalating rhetoric over the North's nuclear weapons and missile programmes. | Video

24 Sep 2017

Syria's Moualem says victory within reach, de-escalation zones temporary

UNITED NATIONS Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help reach a cessation of hostilities. | Video

23 Sep 2017

Few ideas, less hope leave Syria crisis on back burner at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS At the entrance to the United Nations building in New York a sign advertises an upcoming party to celebrate the end of the annual gathering of world leaders. Next to it a weathered box with crumpled papers urges people to donate for Syrian refugees.

21 Sep 2017

Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

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