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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 23 2017

Syria opposition meeting in Riyadh sees no role for Assad in transition

RIYADH/AMMAN Syria's main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar al-Assad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.-sponsored peace deal, despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad's battlefield strength.

Nov 22 2017

Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push

SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH Russia's Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress, taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow's ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

Nov 22 2017

Syrian opposition to stick to demand Assad go at start of transition: report

RIYADH Syrian opposition groups will stick to their demand President Bashar al-Assad leave power at the start of any political transition, Al Arabiya television reported on Wednesday, despite speculation they could soften their stance in light of the government's strength on the battlefield.

Nov 21 2017

Exclusive: Westinghouse discussing group bid for Saudi nuclear tender - sources

RIYADH/PARIS Toshiba-owned Westinghouse is in talks with other U.S-based companies to form a consortium to bid in a multi-billion-dollar tender for two nuclear power reactors in Saudi Arabia, three industry sources said.

Nov 19 2017

Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM/RIYADH An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.

Nov 16 2017

Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said on Thursday the kingdom's actions in the Middle East were a response to what he called the "aggression" of Iran.

Nov 14 2017

Lebanese patriarch makes historic Saudi visit amid Hariri crisis

RIYADH Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch began a historic visit to Saudi Arabia on Monday under heightened scrutiny amid political tensions that have thrust his country back to the forefront of the conflict between the Sunni kingdom and Shi'ite rival Iran.

Nov 14 2017

Lebanese patriarch, in Saudi, says supports reasons Hariri quit

RIYADH Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch, visiting Saudi Arabia in an historic visit to the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, expressed support on Tuesday for the reasons behind Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation.

Nov 14 2017

Lebanese patriarch, in Saudi, says supports reasons Hariri quit

RIYADH Lebanon's Christian Maronite Patriarch, visiting Saudi Arabia in an historic visit to the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, expressed support on Tuesday for the reasons behind Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation.

Nov 14 2017

HINTERGRUND-Wie Saudi-Arabiens Kronprinz das Königshaus säubert

Beirut/Riad Der erste Hinweis darauf, dass etwas nicht stimmt, kam mit einem Brief. Am 4. November teilte das Hotel Ritz Carlton in Riad seinen Gästen mit, dass der normale Hotelbetrieb wegen einer unvorhergesehenen Buchung der Behörden vorübergehend eingestellt werden müsse.

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