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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

Dec 14 2017

Splits on Italian right buoy opponents as campaigning starts

ROME The leader of Italy's far-right Northern League said on Thursday he was suspending contacts with his main political ally, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, because of a disagreement over how tough courts should be on murderers and rapists.

Dec 02 2017

Middle East leaders paint 'dark picture' at Rome conference

ROME When Italy organized a conference focused on the Middle East, the Gulf and North Africa, it promised to look beyond the turmoil roiling the region and instead promote a "positive agenda".

Dec 01 2017

Egyptian billionaire denounces Saudi corruption crackdown

ROME Egyptian billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris condemned on Friday a crackdown on graft in Saudi Arabia, saying the purge had undermined the rule of law in the Kingdom and would deter investment.

Nov 26 2017

Italy's 5-Star, stung by fake news claims, calls for OSCE election monitors

ROME Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement wants international observers to monitor next year's national election campaign to help ward off "fake news", party leader Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday.

Nov 14 2017

Shock and grief in Italy as World Cup soccer dream implodes

ROME Italians, who consider a spot in the World Cup finals a virtual birthright, slumped into collective despair on Tuesday after the national team failed to win a place among soccer's elite for the first time in 60 years. | Video

Nov 02 2017

Sicilian election holds mirror up to national trends

ROME A regional ballot in Sicily this weekend will serve as a dress rehearsal for a forthcoming general election, with the political dynamics on the Mediterranean island matching those being played out on the national stage.

Oct 27 2017

S&P unexpectedly raises Italy’s sovereign credit rating to BBB

ROME Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's unexpectedly raised its sovereign rating for Italy to BBB on Friday, the first such increase by S&P for at least three decades.

Oct 26 2017

Italian Senate approves electoral law; likely to produce hung-parliament

ROME Italy's upper house Senate approved on Thursday a new electoral system that is expected to handicap the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement at a forthcoming national election and favor mainstream political blocs.

Oct 25 2017

Italian government wins all five confidence votes on electoral law

ROME The Italian government won all five confidence votes it had called in the upper house of parliament on Wednesday on a new electoral law that looks unlikely to produce a clear-cut result at national elections due by next May.

Oct 20 2017

Death of a blogger casts shadow over murky Malta

VALLETTA Daphne Caruana Galizia posted two items last Monday on her popular blog, one ridiculing Malta's opposition leader for having rounded shoulders, the other denouncing a senior government official as a "crook".

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