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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

Nov 13 2017

Human rights skirted at Asia summit as Trump rounds off tour

MANILA Leaders of Asian nations meeting in Manila on Monday skirted around the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims triggered by Myanmar's military crackdown, disappointing human rights groups who were hoping for a tough stand on the humanitarian crisis. | Video

Nov 13 2017

Southeast Asia not taking South China Sea thaw for granted - summit draft

MANILA Southeast Asian nations will not take a relative calm in the dispute over the South China Sea for granted, according to a draft of a statement to be issued during a summit meeting in Manila on Monday. | Video

Nov 10 2017

Philippine militants sought July deal to end Marawi conflict, intermediaries say

MANILA Islamic State-inspired militants who battled troops in a southern Philippine city for 154 days sought a way out two months into the fierce conflict, but the government ignored their proposal, a separatist negotiator and a minister said.

Nov 08 2017

Philippines to ask China to clarify its intentions in disputed sea

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in an apparent policy shift, said on Wednesday he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the disputed South China Sea during Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Vietnam.

Nov 08 2017

China, Philippines to draft protocol to avoid maritime 'miscalculations'

MANILA, Nov 8 China and the Philippines will negotiate a military protocol to avoid maritime "miscalculations", Manila's defence minister said on Wednesday, following a brief standoff near a Philippine-occupied island in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

Nov 06 2017

Philippines hunts for possible new Islamic State 'emir' in South East Asia

MANILA Philippine authorities were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State groups in Southeast Asia, security chiefs said, following the deaths of several high-profile regional extremists.

Nov 05 2017

Thou shalt not kill: Catholic bishops start new Philippines prayer campaign

MANILA A top Catholic archbishop on Sunday called for Filipinos to choose peace over violence and end a spate of drug-related killings that have divided the nation.

Oct 25 2017

U.S. touts military ties in Philippines as Duterte courts Russia, China

CLARK, Philippines The timing of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' trip to the Philippines this week couldn't have been better, coming just as it celebrated a victory against Islamist militants in Marawi City - with a critical dose of help from the U.S. military. | Video

Oct 25 2017

Philippines, Russia sign two military deals

MANILA Thousands of assault rifles and helmets were among the military gear Russia donated to the Philippines in a bid to widen its arms market in Southeast Asia at a time when Manila is seeking to diversify weapons systems, officials said on Wednesday.

Oct 24 2017

Australia expands security assistance to Philippines to combat Islamist militants

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines Australia on Tuesday announced the expansion of its security support to the Philippines, which will involve training in urban counter-terrorism, to fight the rise and spread of Islamist militancy in the region.

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