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.
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BEIRUT/PARIS Lebanon's president said on Thursday he hoped the crisis over Saad al-Hariri's resignation as prime minister would end soon, with Hariri due to leave Saudi Arabia for France this weekend.
BEIRUT/PARIS Lebanon's president said on Thursday he hoped the crisis surrounding Saad al-Hariri's resignation as prime minister was near its end after Hariri said he would travel to France from Saudi Arabia where he has been since stepping down.
BEIRUT President Michel Aoun told Saudi Arabia's envoy on Friday that Saad al-Hariri must return to Lebanon and the circumstances surrounding his resignation as prime minister while in Saudi Arabia were unacceptable, presidential sources said.
BEIRUT Syria's army declared victory over Islamic State on Thursday, saying its capture of the jihadists' last town in the country marked the collapse of their three-year, hardline reign in the in the region.
BEIRUT Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.
BEIRUT Islamic State is building up its defenses in a pocket of territory on the Syrian-Iraqi frontier, the U.S.-led coalition said on Friday, in an anticipation of assaults by Syrian and Iraqi forces aiming to snuff out the jihadists' last stronghold.
AL-BAB, Syria/BEIRUT/ANKARA Children returning to school in the northern Syrian city of al-Bab were handed a new textbook this term: "Türkçe Öğreniyorum" - "I am learning Turkish".
BEIRUT Jihadists launched an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria near Hama on Tuesday in their biggest attack there since March, triggering heavy air strikes on rebel territory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done so near the city of Deir al-Zor.
BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Israel attacked a military site in Syria's Hama province early on Thursday, the Syrian army said, and a war monitoring group said the target could be linked to chemical weapons production.