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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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19 Oct 2017

Thailand's Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

BANGKOK Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.

24 Sep 2017

Thai junta leader, backers fuel suspicions of plans to stay in power

By Panarat Thepgumpanat, Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panu Wongcha-um

21 Sep 2017

Thai government takes action against monk over anti-Muslim views

BANGKOK The Thai government said on Thursday it plans to take legal action against a radical Buddhist monk detained by police for posting anti-Islamic views on social media, and posing a threat to national security.

06 Sep 2017

Thailand signs deals with Chinese state firms for high-speed railway

Bangkok Thailand have signed two contracts, worth 5.2 billion baht (120.42 million pounds), with Chinese state enterprises for a high-speed rail project with China, Anon Luengboriboon, acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand, told Reuters on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2017

Thailand's Yingluck fled at the 'last minute' fearing harsh sentence, say aides

BANGKOK Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra kneeled before a row of saffron-robed Buddhist monks last Wednesday as she offered them fruits and sticky rice soaked in coconut milk and longan juice, a specialty from her northern region.

29 Aug 2017

Thailand's Yingluck fled at the 'last minute' fearing harsh sentence, say aides

BANGKOK Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra kneeled before a row of saffron-robed Buddhist monks last Wednesday as she offered them fruits and sticky rice soaked in coconut milk and longan juice, a specialty from her northern region.

28 Aug 2017

Whereabouts of former Thai PM Yingluck unknown, defence minister says

BANGKOK Thailand's defence minister on Monday said he did not know the whereabouts of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, days after she failed to show up for a verdict in her trial for negligence at which she faced up to 10 years in prison.

25 Aug 2017

Thailand's ousted PM Yingluck has fled abroad: sources

BANGKOK Ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country ahead of a verdict against her in a negligence trial brought by the junta that overthrew her, sources close to the Shinawatra family said on Friday. | Video

23 Aug 2017

A guilty verdict for Thailand's Yingluck may stoke anger but military firmly in charge

BANGKOK A long-awaited verdict in the trial of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra this week could inflame tension and would likely have far-reaching implications in the politically divided kingdom.

17 Aug 2017

Suspected Thai militants turn stolen cars into bombs - police

BANGKOK Suspected militants raided a car dealership in southern Thailand and turned two of the cars into bombs, police said on Thursday, adding that a "new generation" of Muslim separatists was operating in the insurgency-plagued region.

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