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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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09 Jan 2018

Yemen's Houthis threaten to block Red Sea shipping lane

DUBAI Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing towards the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.

06 Jan 2018

Eleven Saudi princes detained following protest over utility bills

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabian authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against the government suspending payment of their utility bills, the public prosecutor said on Saturday. | Video

05 Jan 2018

Saudi Arabia converts Aramco into joint-stock company ahead of historic IPO

DUBAI Saudi Arabia has changed the status of its national oil giant Aramco to a joint-stock company as of Jan. 1, in a key step for an initial public offering (IPO) planned for later this year. | Video

04 Oct 2017

Government has enough reserves to support Qatari banks: Qatar central bank

DUBAI Qatar's government has enough reserves to support its banks in the face of sanctions imposed by other Arab states and reports of its banking system being under strain are false, its central bank governor said on Wednesday.

21 Sep 2017

Gulf media promotes emigre Qatari royals as feud sours

DUBAI Qatar's Arab critics are targeting a new pressure point in their feud with Doha - the tiny country's ruling family - permitting state-linked media outlets to portray two little-known Qatari princes living abroad as distinguished statesmen.

27 Jul 2017

Al-Jazeera says to fight any bid to shut its Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM/DOHA The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news outlet on Thursday vowed a legal fight against Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pursued plans to shut its office in Jerusalem, and it also accused him of supporting a regional blockade of Qatar.

26 Jul 2017

Qatar says new terror list is 'disappointing surprise'

DOHA Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism.

21 Jul 2017

Qatar's ruler says time to resolve differences in talks

DOHA Qatar's emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty, but the call was unlikely to end the rift.

20 Jul 2017

Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

DUBAI A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.

06 Jul 2017

Royal Air Maroc expects U.S. laptop ban to end by July 19: official

DUBAI Royal Air Maroc expects the U.S. ban on laptops and other large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on direct flights to the United States to be lifted by July 19, a senior official from the state-owned airline said on Thursday.

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