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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

Dec 14 2017

U.N. calls Syria talks a 'big missed opportunity', seeks new ideas

GENEVA A round of Syria peace talks that ended on Thursday was a big missed opportunity but there may be more talks next month if ideas can be found to encourage President Bashar al-Assad's government to engage, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said.

Dec 14 2017

Defiant Syrian envoy blames West, Saudis and U.N. as peace talks end

GENEVA Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Ja'afari accused its opposition, backed by Western countries and Saudi Arabia, of sabotaging a round of U.N.-led peace talks that ended in Geneva on Thursday without any results.

Dec 14 2017

Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says

GENEVA U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

Dec 13 2017

Red Cross says life has stopped in Myanmar's Rakhine

GENEVA Life has stopped in its tracks in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state where an estimated 180,000 Rohingya remain, fearful after violence drove 650,000 to flee to Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

Dec 12 2017

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Dec 08 2017

U.N. calls on social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants

GENEVA The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death.

Dec 08 2017

U.N. warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar

GENEVA Peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Dec 08 2017

Exclusive: U.N. watchdogs call for probe of Taser assaults in U.S. jails

GENEVA The U.N. special rapporteur on torture urged U.S. authorities to investigate and weigh criminal charges against jail officials in Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas for the “clearly gratuitous infliction of severe pain and suffering” from the use of Tasers on inmates, citing a Reuters report this week. | Video

Dec 06 2017

WHO says 480 need to be evacuated from Damascus suburb with worst malnutrition

GENEVA Nearly 500 sick and wounded patients await medical evacuation from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, something the Syrian government has not granted, the U.N. and World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Dec 06 2017

Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya, U.N. says

GENEVA Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority and more of them are fleeing despite a deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday.

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