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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

Jul 09 2018

Saudi bid to protect pre-Islamic sites upends religious dictates

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is preserving pre-Islamic heritage sites, like a date palm oasis from the Stone Age, in a break with the austere strain of Sunni Islam that has dominated the country for decades, as the reclusive kingdom tries to open up.

Jul 01 2018

Saudi king said will boost oil output if needed: White House

WASHINGTON/RIYADH The leader of Saudi Arabia promised President Donald Trump that he can raise oil production if needed and the country has 2 million barrels per day of spare capacity, the White House said on Saturday, rowing back on an earlier Trump tweet that appeared to suggest the Saudis had agreed to boost output by that amount.

Jun 29 2018

U.N. hopeful for Yemen peace deal but Saudi coalition unlikely to drop demand for Houthi withdrawal

GENEVA/RIYADH The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said on Friday it would welcome a political deal to end the conflict but indicated it would keep insisting on a complete withdrawal by the Houthis from territory seized since 2014.

Jun 25 2018

U.N. envoy due in Yemen as strains escalate with Houthi missile launch

RIYADH/ADEN The Iran-aligned Houthi movement fired missiles at the Saudi capital Riyadh late on Sunday, escalating tensions ahead of a visit by the U.N. envoy to Yemen this week to try to avert a military assault on the country's main port city.

Jun 24 2018

Saudi air defenses intercept missiles above capital, coalition says

RIYADH Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had intercepted two missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over the capital Riyadh, as a Saudi-led coalition moved to wrest control of Yemen's main port city from the Iran-aligned group.

Jun 24 2018

Saudi women take victory lap as driving ban ends

RIYADH Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. | Video

Jun 02 2018

Saudi Arabia names businessman as labor minister, boosts culture and environment

RIYADH Saudi Arabia on Saturday named a prominent businessman as labor minister in a move welcomed by the private sector, as the kingdom seeks to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs for an overwhelmingly young population.

May 28 2018

Saudi activists' arrest revives concerns about reform agenda

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's crackdown on women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the much-hyped lifting of a ban on women driving, has revived doubts about its crown prince's inscrutable and seemingly erratic approach to reforms in the kingdom. | Video

May 14 2018

Fury, resignation, silence in region as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

RIYADH/BEIRUT The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday sparked outrage in much of the Middle East - but virtual silence among Washington's closest Gulf allies.

May 09 2018

Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after U.S. quits Iran deal

RIYADH Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies basked on Wednesday in what they saw as a political victory over Iran, their rival for regional influence, after Washington withdrew from the international nuclear accord with Tehran. | Video

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