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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

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.

Apr 26 2018

Facing jail, staff from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper vow to keep working

ANKARA/ISTANBUL The editor-in-chief of Turkey's opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper said on Thursday he was unbowed by a government crackdown and would not abandon journalism, a day after a court sentenced him and more than a dozen colleagues to prison on terrorism charges.

Apr 25 2018

Turkish court sentences more than dozen Cumhuriyet staff to prison on terrorism charges

ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced 14 staff of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper to prison on terrorism charges and acquitted three, one of their lawyers said, in a case that has sparked global outrage over press freedom under Tayyip Erdogan.

Mar 22 2018

Afrin, the movie, premieres days after Turkish army storms Syrian town

ISTANBUL Days after Turkish forces captured Afrin, hundreds of people gathered at a cinema in Istanbul this week for the premiere of a film about commandos battling militants in the Syrian town.

Mar 05 2018

Turkey asks Germany to extradite Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim

ISTANBUL/BERLIN Turkey said on Monday it had issued a second extradition request for Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, calling for his temporary detention and extradition from Germany after a Czech court released him last week.

Feb 23 2018

Turkey hands suspended jail sentences to three academics over Kurdish letter: lawyers

ISTANBUL A Turkish court sentenced three academics on Friday to suspended prison terms on terrorism charges for signing a 2016 petition calling for an end to state violence against Turkey's Kurds, two lawyers in the case said.

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