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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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08 Dec 2017

Defector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal

ANKARA A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal. | Video

06 Dec 2017

Greece, Turkey seek closer ties with Erdogan visit, but no quick fixes

ATHENS/ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will make a historic visit to Greece this week, a sign that relations between the two countries are improving, although a long list of grievances remains on both sides.

21 Nov 2017

Turkey has not seen data on fugitive Raqqa fighters, officials say

ANKARA Turkey has not been given crucial data to help identify Islamic State militants who fled their former stronghold in Raqqa last month and may have slipped out of Syria to threaten Turkish or Western targets, Turkish officials said.

21 Oct 2017

Turkey bank regulator dismisses 'rumours' after Iran sanctions report

ANKARA Turkey's banking regulator urged the public on Saturday to ignore rumours about financial institutions, in an apparent dismissal of a report that some Turkish banks face billions of dollars of U.S. fines over alleged violations of Iran sanctions.

20 Oct 2017

Turkey to reject Saudi request for Turk Telekom debt extension -sources

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 20 Turkey's Treasury will not grant a request from Saudi shareholders in Turk Telekom to extend a deadline in on-going debt talks, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

12 Oct 2017

In schools and hospitals, Turkey carves north Syria role

AL-BAB, Syria/BEIRUT/ANKARA Children returning to school in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab were handed a new textbook this term: "Türkçe Öğreniyorum" - "I am learning Turkish".

30 Sep 2017

Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu to train Somali soldiers

MOGADISHU/ANKARA Turkey opened its biggest overseas military base on Saturday in Somalia's capital, cementing its ties with the volatile but strategic Muslim nation and building a presence in East Africa.

13 Sep 2017

Erdogan adviser sees recovery in Turkey ties with Germany, EU

ANKARA Ankara's relations with NATO ally Germany, hit by a deepening row, are expected to improve alongside a general upturn in ties with the EU early next year, boosting Turkish export and tourism prospects, an adviser to President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters.

08 Sep 2017

Turkey dismisses head of $40 billion wealth fund after slow start

ANKARA Turkey has dismissed the head of its $40 billion sovereign wealth fund, officials said on Friday, alluding to impatience on the part of President Tayyip Erdogan over a failure to launch any major investment projects a year after its founding.

25 Aug 2017

Saudi Telecom frontrunner for Turk Telekom stake -sources

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Saudi Telecom Company is in the lead to buy the 55 percent of fixed-line operator Turk Telekom owned by Oger Telecom, sources said, adding that the Turkish government could acquire the $3.9 billion stake if those talks fail.

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