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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

29 May 2018

Lebanon begins offshore oil and gas exploration

BEIRUT Lebanon's search for its first oil and gas reserves began on Tuesday after authorities approved an exploration plan submitted by a consortium of France's Total, Italy's Eni and Russia's Novatek.

23 May 2018

Can Lebanon's next government rise to the economic challenge?

BEIRUT After Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years, the dire economic situation and unsustainable public debt levels are top priorities for the next government.

14 May 2018

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

RIYADH/BEIRUT The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East - but virtual silence among Washington's closest Gulf allies.

23 Mar 2018

Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold

BEIRUT Syrian rebels left one besieged enclave on Friday and agreed to abandon another, leaving only the city of Douma still in insurgent hands in eastern Ghouta after a month-long army assault to drive them from the stronghold near Damascus. | Video

23 Mar 2018

Lebanon plans bond issue to unlock infrastructure funding: official

BEIRUT The Lebanese government will raise $700 million soon by issuing special bonds that will help it unlock a further $4 billion of international funding for infrastructure projects to boost the economy in the second half of the year, a top official said on Thursday.

19 Mar 2018

Development bank EBRD upbeat on Lebanon, seeks continued reform

BEIRUT The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development sees enormous prospects in Lebanon, but potential investors need to see progress on reform and, over the border, a process towards a settlement of Syria's war, the bank's president said.

18 Mar 2018

Syria's Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited Syrian soldiers who appear close to defeating the last major opposition foothold near Damascus and met some of the many thousands of people uprooted during the government offensive. | Video

18 Mar 2018

Turkish forces and Syrian allies drive Kurds from Afrin

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town centre and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. | Video

18 Mar 2018

Erdogan und Assad kommen militärischen Zielen in Syrien näher

Beirut/Istanbul In Syrien stehen an beiden Brennpunkten des Bürgerkrieges die militärischen Sieger so gut wie fest.

17 Mar 2018

Lebanon central bank - IMF criticism valid, but budget a good start

(This March 16 story corrects story day of Paris donor conference to April 6, not April 9, in paragraph 6)

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