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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 Jul 2018

Chinese relatives wait for news after Thai tourist boat sinking

PHUKET/BANGKOK, Thailand Rescuers in Thailand on Sunday said they would work through the night to move the bodies of 41 people, including 13 children, who died after a boat carrying Chinese tourists sank off the coast of Phuket, from hospitals to a Buddhist temple.

07 Jul 2018

Death toll from Thai tourist boat sinking climbs to 41

PHUKET/BANGKOK The death toll from a tourist boat accident off the coast of Thailand's Phuket island climbed to 41 on Saturday with 15 people still missing, officials said.

05 Jul 2018

Malaysia's Mahathir to visit China after putting $20 bln of projects on ice - sources

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 Malaysian and Chinese officials are in talks for Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to visit Beijing soon, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters, after Kuala Lumpur suspended China-backed projects worth more than $20 billion.

05 Jul 2018

Malaysia investigates China-backed project links with 1MDB - official

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 Malaysia is investigating whether part of a loan from a Chinese state-owned bank for projects worth $2.3 billion was used to help repay dues of a scandal-ridden state fund, a finance ministry official told Reuters.

06 Jun 2018

Air Canada, Air China sign deal to expand cooperation

BEIJING/SHANGHAI Air Canada and Air China Ltd entered a joint venture on Wednesday, with the Canadian carrier saying the deal would significantly increase its presence in the Chinese market which is set to be the world's largest by 2022.

26 Apr 2018

China flexes muscles with 'Guam killer' missile; new drills near Taiwan

BEIJING China confirmed on Thursday that it had put into a service a new missile that Chinese media has dubbed the "Guam killer" for its ability to hit the U.S. Pacific Ocean base with a conventional or nuclear weapon.

24 Apr 2018

Public outcry after China campus #MeToo activist 'pressured into silence'

BEIJING It was a heartfelt letter calling for China's prestigious Peking University to make public its investigation into a decades-old alleged rape and suicide that galvanised China's fledgling #MeToo movement.

20 Apr 2018

China says had 'professional' encounter with Australian warships in South China Sea

BEIJING/MELBOURNE Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an "encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defense ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships.

18 Apr 2018

Tens of thousands detained in China's Xinjiang, U.S. diplomat says

BEIJING Tens of thousands of people have been detained in China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang, a senior U.S. State Department diplomat said on Wednesday, amid a deepening crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

10 Apr 2018

Explainer: Possible Chinese military base in South Pacific fills gap, sends strong message to U.S. and allies

HONG KONG/BEIJING The islands of Vanuatu may appear as relative specks in the South Pacific Ocean, but for China's military strategists, they could provide a significant boost in Beijing's ability to project naval power.

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