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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

05 Jan 2018

Syrian government presses Idlib offensive as people flee homes in the cold

BEIRUT Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels' largest remaining stronghold, Idlib province, have brought it closer to a key insurgent-held military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weather.

03 Jan 2018

Beirut lifts security cordon in boost for battered business quarter

BEIRUT Lebanon lifted a years-old security cordon near its parliament on Wednesday in a move it hopes will revive central Beirut's business district and cement improved political stability after a prolonged period of upheaval.

20 Dec 2017

With dollar peg, Lebanon risks currency hit from regional strife

LONDON/BEIRUT With fixed exchange rates and some of the world's worst debt and balance-of-payment ratios, Lebanon risks serious economic crisis next year should worsening relations with Gulf states choke off the capital flows sustaining its currency's dollar peg.

12 Dec 2017

Beirut redeveloper Solidere struggles through Lebanon's turmoil

BEIRUT The company formed to rebuild Lebanon's capital Beirut after its civil war ended in 1990 is struggling to overcome the latest period of political turmoil roiling the Middle East.

01 Dec 2017

Syrian government negotiator quits Geneva talks, says may not return

GENEVA/BEIRUT Syria's government delegation quit U.N.-led peace talks in Geneva on Friday and said it would not return next week unless the opposition withdrew a statement demanding President Bashar al-Assad play no role in any interim post-war government.

17 Nov 2017

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France on Friday

BEIRUT Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France.

15 Nov 2017

Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

BEIRUT France said on Wednesday that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who Lebanon's president says is being held hostage by Saudi Arabia, will visit France with his family in coming days.

12 Nov 2017

Hariri warns Lebanon faces Arab sanctions risk, to return in days

BEIRUT Saad al-Hariri warned on Sunday Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions because of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah's regional meddling and said he would return to Lebanon within days to affirm he had resigned as the country's prime minister.

08 Nov 2017

EU, U.S. affirm Lebanon support, diverging from Saudi

BEIRUT The European Union and the United States on Wednesday reaffirmed support for Lebanon after the resignation of its prime minister, striking a sharp contrast to Saudi Arabia, which accuses Beirut of declaring war because of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

07 Nov 2017

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis

BEIRUT Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country. | Video

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