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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

03 Dec 2017

After return home, former Egypt premier says still mulling election bid

CAIRO Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year's election.

28 Nov 2017

In long-awaited move, Egypt central bank scraps FX restrictions for importers

CAIRO Egypt's central bank removed caps on deposits and withdrawals of foreign currency for importers on Tuesday, lifting some of the last currency controls put in place after a 2011 uprising.

09 Nov 2017

Qatar retools after boycott by top auto parts supplier Dubai

DOHA In a dusty industrial zone in the south of Doha where the city's auto repair shops are clustered, one unlucky blue Hyundai Santa Fe has been sitting with its front smashed in since June 5, the day four Arab nations announced a boycott of Qatar.

08 Nov 2017

U.N. labour body drops case against World Cup host Qatar after reform promise

GENEVA/DOHA The International Organization for Labour (ILO) on Wednesday dropped a case against Qatar over its treatment of foreign workers that had overshadowed the wealthy Gulf state's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup.

02 Nov 2017

Its image at risk abroad, Qatar backs labor reforms at home

DOHA Qatar's decision to commit to sweeping labor reforms may head off an international investigation into its treatment of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, but rights groups wonder if the 2022 World Cup host will stick to its pledges.

17 Oct 2017

Inspection battle threatens Egypt's wheat supply

CAIRO Wheat shipments to Egypt, the world's largest buyer, are being disrupted by a dispute involving government inspectors angered by a ban on the expenses-paid foreign trips they once enjoyed to approve cargoes at their ports of origin.

28 Sep 2017

Islamic State's Baghdadi, in undated audio, urges militants to keep fighting

CAIRO Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has exhorted followers across the world to wage attacks against the West and to keep fighting in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

19 Sep 2017

Egypt exports seen up 10 percent for year, China fastest growing investor

CAIRO Egypt's exports should grow about 10 percent this year to reach $22 billion, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil said on Tuesday, as the country lures foreign investors keen on setting up manufacturing following economic reforms.

13 Sep 2017

Facing potential wheat crisis, Egypt plays down poppy seed risk

CAIRO Poppy seeds found in two cargoes of imported wheat halted by Egyptian authorities are "not very dangerous", Agriculture Minister Abdel Moneim Al-Banna told Reuters on Wednesday, in comments that could avert a trade row.

10 Sep 2017

Egypt may reject French wheat as tough inspections rattle trade

DUBAI/CAIRO Egypt is considering rejecting 59,000 tonnes of French wheat purchased by state grain buyer GASC due to the presence of poppy seeds, the second cargo to come under such scrutiny and raising fresh uncertainty over the country's import policy.

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