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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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21 Feb 2017

After decades of debate, Turkey starts building mosque in Istanbul square

ISTANBUL Construction began on Friday of a mosque in Istanbul's central Taksim square, a controversial project championed by Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan but mired in years of court battles and public debate.

04 Sep 2016

Turkey to invest $3.4 billion in rebuilding southeast, PM says

ISTANBUL Turkey will invest 10 billion lira ($3.4 billion) in rebuilding areas in the largely Kurdish southeast that have been damaged by heavy fighting between militants and the state, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.

04 Sep 2016

Turkey to invest $3.4 billion in rebuilding southeast, PM says

ISTANBUL Turkey will invest 10 billion lira (2.55 billion pounds) in rebuilding areas in the largely Kurdish southeast that have been damaged by heavy fighting between militants and the state, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Sunday.

07 May 2016

Zwei regierungskritische Journalisten in Türkei verurteilt

Istanbul Ein türkisches Gericht hat zwei regierungskritische Journalisten wegen der Preisgabe von Staatsgeheimnissen zu mehrjährigen Haftstrafen verurteilt.

07 May 2016

Turkish journalists jailed for five years, hours after courthouse attack

ISTANBUL Two prominent Turkish journalists were sentenced to at least five years in jail for revealing state secrets on Friday, just hours after a gunman tried to shoot one of them outside the courthouse in Istanbul. | Video

03 May 2016

Turkish Nobel laureate says Erdogan's insult charges aimed at silencing dissent

ISTANBUL Turkey is using the charge of insulting President Tayyip Erdogan to intimidate his opponents and silence dissent and European leaders must take a tougher line with Ankara on free speech, Nobel prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk said on Tuesday.

01 May 2016

Police fire tear gas, detain 200, in Istanbul May Day scuffles

ISTANBUL Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon and detained more than 200 people after scuffles broke out at May Day celebrations in Istanbul and some anti-government protesters tried to breach a ban on access to the main Taksim square. | Video

15 Apr 2016

Muslim nations accuse Iran of supporting terrorism: summit communique

ISTANBUL Leaders from more than 50 Muslim nations accused Iran on Friday of supporting terrorism and interfering in the affairs of regional states, including Syria and Yemen, a condemnation that may widen the divide between Iran and its main rival, Saudi Arabia.

10 Mar 2016

Five Afghans, including baby, drown trying to reach Greece from Turkey

ISTANBUL Five Afghans, including two children and a six-month old baby, drowned in the Aegean overnight trying to reach Greece as Turkey starts to implement an EU agreement to curb illegal migration. | Video

09 Mar 2016

Europe's deal with Turkey fails to deter migrant attempts for now

DIDIM, Turkey Turkey's coastguard intercepted dozens of mostly Syrian migrants in coves along the Aegean coast on Wednesday as they continued to attempt perilous sea crossings to Greece despite Ankara's efforts to stem the flow under a deal with the European Union. | Video

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