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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

07 May 2018

Clash of political titans brings a gripping election to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's general election this week will be an extraordinary contest, pitting a 92-year-old former authoritarian leader and a jailed reformist he fell out with 20 years ago against a prime minister who has been mired in a multi-billion-dollar scandal.

22 Apr 2018

Islamic party aims to hold the key in Malaysia's election

KOTA BHARU, Malaysia The outcome of next month's election in Malaysia may hinge on the performance of a party that has strived for decades to turn the country into an Islamic state and enforce harsher penalties on Muslims for adultery, theft and drinking alcohol.

14 Nov 2017

Trump heads home with 'America First' ringing in Asian ears

MANILA As Air Force One took off from Manila on Tuesday at the end of the longest trip to Asia by an American president in more than quarter of a century, at least two of the region's leaders had good reason to feel satisfied. | Video

10 Sep 2017

After insurgents' truce, Myanmar says 'we don't negotiate with terrorists'

YANGON/SHAH PORIR DWIP ISLAND, Bangladesh Myanmar on Sunday rebuffed a ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingya insurgents to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in the violence-racked state of Rakhine, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists. | Video

04 Sep 2017

After political storm, Indonesia president faces economic clouds

JAKARTA During the first months of this year, President Joko Widodo was an embattled leader grappling with Indonesia's most serious political and religious tensions in two decades. Now, he has come through the storm looking stronger than ever.

03 Jul 2017

Exclusive - Indonesia hopes for additional $10 billion inflows after S&P upgrade, president says

JAKARTA Indonesia is hoping for additional inflows worth $10 billion (7.72 billion pounds) from pension funds and other institutional investors over the next two years following Standard & Poor's upgrade of its credit rating to investment grade, President Joko Widodo told Reuters.

03 Jul 2017

Exclusive - Indonesia's reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: president

JAKARTA Indonesia's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.

19 Jun 2017

Facebook gets initial approval to set up local unit in Indonesia: source

JAKARTA Facebook Inc has received an in-principle approval to set up a domestic unit in Indonesia, said a senior government source from the Southeast Asian nation, home to the social networking giant's fourth-largest user base.

28 Feb 2017

Saudi king to work with Indonesia to combat Islamic State - ambassador

JAKARTA A pact to combat terrorism will be the centrepiece of up to 10 agreements that will be signed when Saudi Arabia's king this week visits Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, the kingdom's envoy to Indonesia said on Tuesday.

10 Feb 2017

Eco-warrior lays waste to Philippines' mining industry

MANILA Mining industry chiefs had just assailed her order to shut down more than half of the Philippines' mines, and Regina Lopez was in a combative mood: but, to keep her cool before an interview, she slipped into a side room and meditated for a few minutes.

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