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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 03 2018

Lebanon hits political logjam after election

BEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favor of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah, with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government.

Jul 20 2018

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

Jul 20 2018

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

Jul 06 2018

South Syrian rebels agree surrender deal, Assad takes crossing

AMMAN/BEIRUT South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

Jul 05 2018

Hezbollah role in Syrian south exposes limits of U.S. policy

BEIRUT Hezbollah is helping to lead a Russian-backed offensive in southern Syria, pro-Damascus sources said, exposing the limits of U.S. policy that hopes Moscow can get Iran and groups it backs out of the country.

Jun 05 2018

Exclusive: In Syria, a Russian move causes friction with Iran-backed forces - officials

BEIRUT A Russian troop deployment in Syria near the Lebanese border this week caused friction with Iran-backed forces including Hezbollah which objected to the uncoordinated move, two non-Syrian officials in the regional alliance backing Damascus said.

May 29 2018

Syrian army ready for southern battle, pro-Assad commander says

BEIRUT The Syrian army has completed preparations for an imminent offensive against rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, a non-Syrian commander in a military alliance that backs Damascus said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a major new escalation.

May 23 2018

Hezbollah eyes bigger role in next Lebanon government

BEIRUT The Iran-backed Hezbollah aims to move beyond its traditional backseat role by assuming more influence in Lebanon's next government to help it counter an escalating U.S. campaign against Tehran and its regional ascendancy.

May 18 2018

Boosted by Lebanon vote, Geagea eyes Hezbollah and reform

BEIRUT A Christian party that made big gains in Lebanon's general election says it will use its stronger position to press for Hezbollah's weapons to be brought under government control and to root out corruption in the heavily indebted state.

May 07 2018

Hezbollah allies gain in Lebanon vote, underscoring Iran sway

BEIRUT Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon's parliamentary election, official results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Tehran's growing regional clout. | Video

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