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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 16 2018

Months away from Malaysian election, EU's move stirs discontent in palm groves

KUALA LUMPUR An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.

Feb 12 2018

BAE proposes UK government financing to Malaysia for Typhoon jet deal

KUALA LUMPUR BAE Systems will provide Malaysia a UK government-backed financing deal if it decides to replace its fleet of combat jets with the Eurofighter Typhoon, senior company officials said.

Jan 15 2018

Malaysia-Singapore ties tested by high-speed rail contract

KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE The leaders of Malaysia and Singapore are expected to discuss plans for a high-speed rail project linking their countries during summit talks on Tuesday, as a deadline to award the multi-billion dollar project nears.

Dec 08 2017

Malaysia's ruling party unites behind Najib as election looms

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's ruling party united behind scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak as he prepares for a general election due by August by deciding on Friday that he could stand unopposed in a party leadership contest due some time next year.

Sep 28 2017

Promoters of pop concerts, other events may ditch Malaysia as hard-line Islam gets a grip

KUALA LUMPUR Organizers of pop concerts and some other big events are increasingly wary of including Malaysia on their itineraries, as the cancellation of a beer festival due to take place next month highlighted growing intolerance toward activities regarded as insulting to Islam by some Muslim groups.

Sep 18 2017

"The Wolf of Wall Street" producer settles US suit linked to Malaysian fund

KUALA LUMPUR The movie company that made "The Wolf of Wall Street", and was co-founded by the Malaysian prime minister's step son, has settled a civil lawsuit brought by the U.S. government to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from a Malaysian state fund.

Sep 12 2017

Malaysia Airlines to sign $1.8 billion Boeing jets deal during Najib's U.S. trip: sources

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia Airlines will announce a deal to buy eight widebody Boeing 787 jets during the visit of Prime Minister Najib Razak to the United States, two industry sources said on Tuesday.

Aug 30 2017

Foreign investors returning as Malaysia's growth picks up, CIMB chairman says

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 Malaysia's robust economic recovery is drawing foreign investors back to its markets but investment activity may only gain momentum after the general election, the chairman of Malaysia's second largest CIMB Bank said on Wednesday.

Aug 08 2017

Abu Dhabi gives Malaysia 1MDB new extension for missed $600 million payment

ABU DHABI/KUALA LUMPUR Abu Dhabi has once again extended a deadline for troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) - the subject of allegations of fraud and money-laundering - to make a debt payment of over $600 million that was originally due at the end of July.

Jul 05 2017

Mahathir's comeback renews Malaysia’s opposition in looming polls

KUALA SIN, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak won Malaysia's last general election, despite losing the popular vote. Since then, he has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that has been investigated in a half-dozen countries.


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