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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

13 Aug 2018

Italy refuses safe harbour to migrant ship, Spain also reluctant

ON BOARD THE AQUARIUS Italy on Monday denied safe harbour to 141 people rescued by a humanitarian ship off the coast of Libya last week, setting up another standoff with European Union allies over taking in migrants who try to cross the Mediterranean. | Video

13 Aug 2018

Humanitarian ship seeks European port for rescued migrants

ON BOARD THE AQUARIUS Human rights groups called on European governments on Sunday to tell a charity ship where it can dock and let more than 140 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean disembark in safety.

10 Aug 2018

Humanitarian ship rescues 141 migrants in first mission since row with Italy

ON BOARD THE AQUARIUS A humanitarian ship rescued 141 migrants packed onto wooden boats off the coast of Libya on Friday in its first mission since it was caught in a standoff with Italy and Malta over their refusal to let rescued migrants ashore.

06 Aug 2018

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius won't take people back to Libya

ON BOARD THE AQUARIUS Rescue ship Aquarius, which has picked up almost 3,000 migrants from the Mediterranean this year, will carry out rescue missions without waiting for orders from coastguards and will not return people to Libya, its search and rescue head said.

01 Aug 2018

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius returns to sea after Italy-Malta dispute

MARSEILLE, France The migrant rescue ship Aquarius, source of a dispute between Italy and Malta in June after both refused to accept more than 600 people it had picked up, will begin a new mission in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, organisers said.

19 Sep 2017

Rescued migrants say lucky to dodge Libyan coastal clampdown

ABOARD AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols along the Western coast of Libya that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy since July. | Video

31 Jul 2017

Aid groups split over Italy's new rules for migrant rescues

ROME Five aid groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean refused to sign up to the Italian government's code of conduct on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, but three others backed the new rules.

05 Apr 2017

Alitalia cancels 60 percent of flights as workers go on strike

ROME Alitalia cancelled 60 percent of scheduled flights on Wednesday as employees staged a 24-hour strike to protest against the loss-making airline's plan to cut 16 percent of its staff and reduce flight personnel's salaries by a third. | Video

25 Jan 2017

Rescuers pull more bodies from Italian hotel ruins, protests in Rome

FARINDOLA, Italy Rescuers pulled more bodies on Wednesday from the ruins of an Italian hotel which was flattened by a wall of snow last week, raising the death toll from the avalanche to 25.

24 Jan 2017

Body of seventh victim found in Italy hotel avalanche, court opens probe

PENNE, Italy The body of a seventh victim was found in the buried ruins of a mountain hotel in central Italy on Monday as questions multiplied over the official response to last week's blizzards and deadly avalanche. | Video

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