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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

Aug 02 2017

Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows

ROME Italy began a limited naval mission on Wednesday to help Libya's coastguard curb migrant flows, which have become a source of political friction before national elections expected early next year.

Aug 02 2017

Italian minister warns of rigid response to French shipyard move

ROME Paris and Rome should be able to resolve their differences over the sale of a disputed shipyard, Italy's industry minister said on Wednesday, but he hinted that French investors might yet be hurt because of the row.

Jul 30 2017

Beleaguered Rome faces transport meltdown, puts 5-Star in difficulty

ROME Rome's transport system is suffocating under debts and should declare bankruptcy, the outgoing head of the public company said at the weekend, piling pressure on the 5-Star Movement which runs city hall.

Jul 27 2017

France nationalises shipyard to thwart Italian majority, angering Rome

PARIS/ROME France will nationalize the STX France shipyard to prevent an Italian firm taking majority control, the economy minister said on Thursday, triggering an angry response from Rome to President Emmanuel Macron's first big industrial policy decision.

Jul 24 2017

Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya

ROME A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya's long-running crisis angered Italian officials on Monday, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome.

Jul 23 2017

Headstrong Renzi struggles to find political touch as Italian vote nears

ROME Matteo Renzi is struggling to regain the political initiative after a disastrous spell during which he lost his job as prime minister and his party fractured.

Jul 20 2017

Italy demands origin labels for pasta and rice

ROME/WINNIPEG, Manitoba All packets of pasta and rice sold in Italy will have to include labels of origin showing where the produce was grown, the government ruled on Thursday, in a move it said was aimed at protecting local farmers.

Jul 12 2017

Italy drafts contested code of conduct for NGO migrant boats

ROME The Italian government, looking to stem a flow of migrants into the country, has drawn up a draft code of conduct for non-governmental organizations operating in the Mediterranean Sea, an official said on Wednesday.

Jul 07 2017

Italy's Renzi urges end to "do gooder" mentality on migrant influx

ROME Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), said on Friday Italy did not have any moral duty to take in migrants, sharply toughening his stance over surging numbers of asylum seekers.

Jun 23 2017

Sicily's cornered Mafia primed for reversal of fortune

PALERMO, Italy Shortly before 8 a.m. on a sunny spring morning, Mafia boss Giuseppe Dainotti was cycling down a quiet street when two men on a motorbike drew alongside and shot him three times, killing him on the spot.

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