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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 09 2017

Fatah, Hamas to discuss security in Gaza under unity deal

GAZA/RAMALLAH Negotiators from rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Islamist group Hamas will discuss security in the Gaza Strip at unity talks in Cairo on Tuesday, including a proposal that would see Fatah security personnel deployed to Hamas-dominated territory.

Sep 17 2017

Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government

CAIRO/RAMALLAH Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas. | Video

Aug 31 2017

Palestinians vie with Israel over Muslim pilgrims to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM On any given day, Muslim pilgrims arrive at a Middle East airport on a journey to one of Islam's holiest sites.

Aug 07 2017

Jordan's King Abdullah discusses holy site tensions in Ramallah

RAMALLAH, West Bank Jordan's King Abdullah met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments.

Jul 27 2017

Thousands of worshippers surge into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, 113 injured

JERUSALEM Thousands of Muslim worshippers surged into Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday and at least 113 were hurt in scuffles with police after Israel lifted security measures imposed at the sacred site in the face of days of violent protests. | Video

Jun 14 2017

Despite Tillerson reassurance, Palestinians not stopping 'martyr' payments

RAMALLAH Palestinian officials say there are no plans to stop payments to families of Palestinians killed or wounded carrying out attacks against Israelis, contradicting comments by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Jun 11 2017

In Jerusalem's Old City, Palestinians recall 1967 uprooting

JERUSALEM Days after capturing Jerusalem's Old City in a 1967 war, Israel razed the Moroccan Quarter, a ramshackle neighborhood of Palestinian homes in front of the Western Wall, aiming to create an open space for Jews to pray at one of their holiest sites.

May 13 2017

Palestinians hold local elections in West Bank but not Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA Palestinians held municipal elections on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, a first democratic exercise in years, but one that has also raised tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements. | Video

Apr 17 2017

Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails begin hunger strike

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike on Monday in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president.

Mar 29 2017

Rattled by Trump, Arab leaders renew call for Palestinian state

DEAD SEA, Jordan/AMMAN After weeks of heightened unease over the stance of the United States under the new administration of President Donald Trump, Arab leaders reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to a two-state solution to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.

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