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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

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Sale of Dogan set to tighten Erdogan's grip over Turkish media

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey's Dogan Holding has started talks to sell its $890 million media arm to an unlisted firm seen as close to Tayyip Erdogan, a deal likely to cement media support for the president ahead of 2019 elections.

Mar 21 2018

In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, anger over Syria war finds a stage

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Tens of thousands of Turkish Kurds turned an annual cultural festival into a rare mass political protest on Wednesday against the government's two-month-old military campaign against a Kurdish militia in neighboring Syria.

Mar 13 2018

Turkish lira hits record low as economy, Syria worries weigh

ISTANBUL The Turkish lira hit a record low against the euro and bond yields rose to the highest in more than three months on Tuesday, as investors fretted about a widening current account, conflict in Syria and the possibility of early elections.

Mar 08 2018

Moody's downgrades Turkey's sovereign rating, markets shrug

ISTANBUL Ratings agency Moody's cut Turkey's sovereign rating further into junk territory overnight, citing a continued weakening of its economic and political institutions and the increased risks from its wide current account deficit.

Feb 13 2018

U.S. funding of Syrian YPG militia will impact Turkey's decisions: Erdogan

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A U.S. decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey's future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Feb 13 2018

Turkish opposition lawmaker gets reduced, five-year prison term

ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced an opposition member of parliament to a reduced term of five years and 10 months in jail after convicting him of disclosing government secrets, the defendant's Republican People's Party (CHP) said.

Feb 09 2018

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militia targets in Syria: army

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Turkish warplanes have launched a new wave of bombing of Kurdish militia targets in Syria's Afrin region, the military said on Friday, and a monitoring group said the strikes killed seven fighters and two civilians.

Feb 06 2018

Turkish soldier killed setting up military post in northwest Syria

ISTANBUL A Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack in northwest Syria as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey's military said on Tuesday.

Jan 25 2018

Special Report: With more Islamic schooling, Erdogan aims to reshape Turkey

ISTANBUL On a hill overlooking Istanbul is a religious school where, 50 years ago, a boy from a working class district attended classes in Islam. The boy was Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's future president. The school was one of the first Imam Hatip schools, founded by the state to educate young men to be imams and preachers.

Jan 23 2018

Turkey detains 91, including politicians, journalists, over Syria comments

ISTANBUL Turkey arrested dozens of people overnight for "spreading terrorist propaganda" about its Syrian incursion, state media said on Tuesday, raising to nearly 100 the number of such detainees, including politicians, journalists and activists.


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