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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

Jun 28 2018

Turkey bans main opposition officials from soldiers' funerals

ISTANBUL Turkey's interior minister said on Thursday he had banned local officials from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) from attending Turkish soldiers' funerals, accusing the party of supporting outlawed Kurdish militants.

Jun 23 2018

Turkey's Erdogan, main rival stage final election rallies

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections widely viewed as the most crucial in Turkey for decades.

Jun 21 2018

Erdogan's election rivals struggle to be heard in Turkey's media

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's main state-run TV station devoted 67 hours of airtime to President Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party last month in the run-up to elections, according to two opposition members of television watchdog RTUK.

Jun 14 2018

Turkey's Erdogan says to take aim at Moody's following June elections

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to take action against Moody's after June 24 elections, his latest broadside against credit rating agencies that he says are trying to bring down the economy.

Jun 05 2018

Turkish dam project threatens rift with Iraq over water shortages

BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL Iraq is surprised by Turkey's decision to start holding back water behind its Ilisu dam earlier than promised, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday, suggesting it was done to win support for the government in upcoming elections.

May 25 2018

After 'late' rate hike, Turkey won't oppose markets, Simsek says

ISTANBUL Turkey won't look to push back against financial markets, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday, although he acknowledged investors remained concerned after the central bank was slow to react with a rate increase this week.

May 23 2018

Tumbling lira casts shadow over Erdogan's June election

ISTANBUL Running a market stall in Istanbul's working class Fatih district, Ozgur Kamis struggles to make a living as the cost of his stock rises day by day - and he reckons it will only get worse after elections in June.

May 18 2018

Muslim leaders call for international protection force for Palestinians

ISTANBUL Muslim leaders called on Friday for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinians after dozens of protesters were shot dead by Israeli forces on the Gaza border this week.

May 13 2018

Erdogan's 'crazy' canal alarms villagers and environmentalists

SAZLIBOSNA, Turkey When residents of Sazlibosna, a village near Istanbul, tried to attend a public meeting about the Turkish government's plan to dig a 400 metre-wide canal through their farmlands, they were stopped by police. | Video

May 11 2018

Turkey's Erdogan calls interest rates "mother of all evil"; lira slides

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for lower interest rates on Friday and described them as the "mother and father of all evil", triggering a fresh slide in the lira as investors worried about the central bank's ability to rein in high inflation.

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