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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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11 Dec 2017

Exclusive: Myanmar to delay law that would have allowed more foreign investment

YANGON Myanmar will delay a long-awaited reform that would open the door further to foreign investment, two officials told Reuters, a move likely to disappoint cash-starved businesses amid growing doubts over the management of the economy by the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

05 Dec 2017

Myanmar banks cheer central bank's compromise on loan deadline

YANGON, Dec 5 Private banks have welcomed a move by Myanmar's central bank to allow them more time to clear most of their loan books, giving breathing space to lenders who had warned of a cliff-edge scenario that could have destabilised the financial system.

30 Nov 2017

Pope heads for Bangladesh after diplomatic balancing act in Myanmar

YANGON Pope Francis flew to Bangladesh on Thursday after a visit to Myanmar where he made no direct reference to the plight of Muslim Rohingya people to avoid a diplomatic incident with a Buddhist-majority country some have accused of ethnic cleansing. | Video

29 Nov 2017

Vatican defends pope's avoidance of term 'Rohingya' in Myanmar

YANGON The Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis's decision not to use the word "Rohingya" in public during his visit to Myanmar, saying his moral authority was unblemished and that his mere presence drew attention to the refugee crisis. | Video

28 Nov 2017

Pope urges respect for human rights in Myanmar, avoids 'Rohingya' row

NAYPYITAW Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity". | Video

27 Nov 2017

Pope meets Myanmar's military chief in shadow of Rohingya crisis

YANGON Pope Francis held talks on Monday with Myanmar's military chief at the start of a delicate visit to a majority-Buddhist country that the United States has accused of "ethnic cleansing" against its Muslim Rohingya people. | Video

24 Nov 2017

Rights groups say outside monitors needed for Rohingya return to Myanmar

YANGON Human rights groups called on Friday for international agencies to be allowed to monitor the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh to the homes they have fled from in Myanmar over the past three months.

23 Nov 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal amid concern over army's role

NAYPYITAW Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar's powerful army could prove obstructive.

22 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Tussle over Myanmar bank reform puts spotlight on debt pile

NAYPYITAW Myanmar's central bank has backed off from a demand that the country's private banks clear most of their loan books by January, averting a cliff-edge scenario that some bankers warned could have destabilized the financial system.

21 Nov 2017

U.S. Congress members decry 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar; Suu Kyi doubts allegations

YANGON/NAYPYITAW Members of the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday operations carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had "all the hallmarks" of ethnic cleansing, while the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed doubts about allegations of rights abuses.

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