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Patrick Markey

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

Jul 28 2017

Paris hand-shakes on Libya peace deal mask deep fractures

CAIRO/TRIPOLI Standing beside French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this week, Khalifa Haftar, the most powerful military leader in eastern Libya, was smiling when he shook on a deal with the country's prime minister for a ceasefire and Spring elections.

Jul 24 2017

Rights group calls for probe into Libyan forces after execution video shown

CAIRO Libya officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, a human rights group said on Monday, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants.

Jul 23 2017

Libyan premier, rival eastern commander to meet in Paris: source

CAIRO The head of Libya's U.N.-backed government will hold talks in Paris this week with a powerful military commander who has so far rejected his authority, a diplomatic source said.

May 24 2017

As oil prices languish, signs emerge of Algeria changing its energy ways

ALGIERS Less than a year ago, Algeria was ready for a legal battle with French oil giant Total ; it looked like business as usual for a country known for bureaucracy, tough contracts and often testy relations with foreign energy groups.

May 18 2017

Morocco phosphate ship held in Panama over Western Sahara challenge: officials

ALGIERS Panama authorities have detained a Moroccan phosphate shipment from the disputed territory of Western Sahara after the Polisario independence movement claimed the cargo had been transported illegally, Polisario and officials said on Thursday.

May 05 2017

Algeria's ruling FLN, allies win majority after vote marked by apathy

ALGIERS Algeria's ruling National Liberation Front party and allies won a majority in a parliamentary election overshadowed by questions over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health and reforms to tackle the financial crunch from lower oil prices.

May 04 2017

Algerians vote for new parliament in ballot marked by apathy

ALGIERS Algerian voters looked set to hand the ruling FLN and its allies another five-year mandate in a parliamentary election on Thursday overshadowed by low oil prices and concerns over the health of the country's elderly president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

May 03 2017

Morocco phosphate ship held in South Africa port over Western Sahara claim

RABAT/ALGIERS A Moroccan phosphate ship has been held in a South African port by a complaint from Western Sahara Polisario movement that it transported cargo unlawfully from the disputed territory, a lawyer and Polisario said on Wednesday.

May 01 2017

Algerians to elect new parliament amid apathy, president's absence

ALGIERS In a sports arena festooned with national flags, Algeria's ruling FLN party pumped up supporters at one final weekend rally before Thursday's parliamentary election with Liberation-era songs and screenings of old speeches by its veteran leader, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Apr 29 2017

U.N. Security Council backs new Western Sahara talks push

ALGIERS/RABAT The United Nations Security Council unanimously backed attempts to restart talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the Western Sahara conflict, and extended its peacekeeping mission there for another year.

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