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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 05 2018

IMF says Egypt must deepen reforms to catch window of global growth

CAIRO Egypt will have to deepen its IMF-backed reforms and better encourage private sector growth if it wants to cash in on a wave of global expansion that may soon come to an end, a fund official in Cairo said on Saturday.

Apr 25 2018

Egypt's rice farmers see rough times downstream of new Nile mega-dam

KAFR ZIADA, Egypt/DUBAI Rice farmers in Kafr Ziada village in the Nile River Delta have ignored planting restrictions aimed at conserving water for years, continuing to grow a medium-grain variety of the crop that is prized around the Arab world. | Video

Mar 26 2018

Sisi to win Egyptian election but seeks high turnout

CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA Egyptians began voting on Monday in a presidential election that guarantees victory to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, running virtually unchallenged with all credible candidates intimidated or locked up. | Video

Jan 21 2018

Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency

CAIRO Six months into laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Egyptian hopeful Mohamed Anwar Sadat hit a snag: he could not find a hotel prepared to hire him a space to launch his campaign.

Dec 24 2017

Egypt FM to head to Ethiopia after Nile dam talks stall

CAIRO Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Addis Ababa next week for talks with his Ethiopian counterpart, a foreign ministry spokesman said, in a bid to end a standoff over a multi-billion dollar dam project on the Nile river.

Dec 03 2017

After return home, former Egypt premier says still mulling election bid

CAIRO Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year's election.

Nov 28 2017

In long-awaited move, Egypt central bank scraps FX restrictions for importers

CAIRO Egypt's central bank removed caps on deposits and withdrawals of foreign currency for importers on Tuesday, lifting some of the last currency controls put in place after a 2011 uprising.

Nov 09 2017

Qatar retools after boycott by top auto parts supplier Dubai

DOHA In a dusty industrial zone in the south of Doha where the city's auto repair shops are clustered, one unlucky blue Hyundai Santa Fe has been sitting with its front smashed in since June 5, the day four Arab nations announced a boycott of Qatar.

Nov 08 2017

U.N. labour body drops case against World Cup host Qatar after reform promise

GENEVA/DOHA The International Organization for Labour (ILO) on Wednesday dropped a case against Qatar over its treatment of foreign workers that had overshadowed the wealthy Gulf state's preparations to host the 2022 World Cup.

Nov 02 2017

Its image at risk abroad, Qatar backs labor reforms at home

DOHA Qatar's decision to commit to sweeping labor reforms may head off an international investigation into its treatment of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, but rights groups wonder if the 2022 World Cup host will stick to its pledges.

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