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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

Feb 13 2018

HINTERGRUND-Assad unterstützt stillschweigend die Kurden in Afrin

Aleppo/Beirut In ihrem Kampf gegen die türkische Offensive in der syrischen Grenzregion Afrin bekommt die kurdische YPG-Miliz stillschweigende Unterstützung von ungewohnter Seite: von Präsident Baschar al-Assad.

Feb 12 2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

(This February 11 story has been refiled to fix typographical errors in analyst quote)

Feb 11 2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Syria's U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 09 2018

Years late, Syria's children of war learn to read and write

DAMASCUS - Hussein al-Khalaf, aged 13, burst into tears as he sat in his classroom at the Ahmed Baheddine Rajab school near Damascus, recounting why he is learning to read and write for the first time in his life. | Video

Jan 29 2018

Old enmity tips Lebanon into new crisis

BEIRUT An old enmity between the Lebanese president and the speaker of parliament is fuelling a political row that threatens to paralyze government and inflame sectarian tension before elections in May.

Nov 30 2017

Hezbollah emerges a winner from Mideast turmoil, alarming foes

BEIRUT When Iran declared victory over Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it hailed the "strong and pivotal" role played by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. | Video

Nov 22 2017

Lebanon's PM Hariri shelves resignation, easing crisis

BEIRUT Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday shelved his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun, easing a crisis that had deepened tensions in the Middle East. | Video

Nov 21 2017

Hariri back in Lebanon for first time since quitting as PM

BEIRUT Saad al-Hariri returned to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since he resigned as prime minister in a statement delivered from Saudi Arabia that plunged Lebanon into crisis.

Nov 20 2017

Lebanon's Hezbollah denies sending weapons to Yemen

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Monday his Iran-backed group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh from Yemeni territory held by Tehran-allied Houthi forces.

Nov 18 2017

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France on Friday

BEIRUT Saad al-Hariri, who sparked a crisis by resigning as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, is on his way to the airport, he said early on Saturday, before his flight from Riyadh to France.

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