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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

4:13pm EDT

Italy says Malta not taking in migrant ship is 'inhumane'

ROME Italy said on Friday Malta had refused to take in a Dutch-flagged ship carrying more than 200 rescued migrants and said the decision was "inhumane", 10 days after shutting its own ports to a migrant vessel.

5:53am EDT

Italy to pick up migrants, impound German charity ship

ROME Italy appeared to relent on Thursday after at first refusing to accept 226 migrants on board a German charity rescue ship, saying later in the day it would take them in but would impound the vessel.

Jun 21 2018

Italy to pick up migrants, impound German charity ship

ROME Italy appeared to relent on Thursday after at first refusing to accept 226 migrants on board a German charity rescue ship, saying later in the day it would take them in but would impound the vessel.

Jun 19 2018

Italy wants EU border agency in Africa, not at sea

ROME Italy wants Europe's border agency to stop migrants in transit countries before they board boats rather than working in the Mediterranean, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Tuesday.

Jun 15 2018

Saved but still suffering, Aquarius migrants head for Spain

ROME Saved from death at sea but denied a place to land by Italy, the 629 migrants rescued by the charity ship Aquarius have endured an additional 700 nautical mile-trip to Spain that one of the rescuers blamed on "idiotic" politics.

Jun 14 2018

Italy and France try to patch up migrant row, draw papal rebuke

ROME Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugees and respect their dignity. | Video

Jun 13 2018

Italy summons French envoy as migration dispute escalates

ROME Italy summoned France's envoy on Wednesday and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies, escalating a diplomatic standoff that is widening one of Europe's main political fault lines. | Video

Jun 12 2018

Italy sends migrant convoy to Spain, has words with France

ROME Italy sent hundreds of migrants towards Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, sparking a war of words with France that exposed EU tensions over immigration. | Video

Jun 11 2018

Italy cries victory as Spain opens port to rescued migrants

ROME/MADRID Spain offered on Monday to take in a humanitarian ship stranded in international waters with 629 migrants aboard, prompting Italy's new anti-establishment government to claim victory in its bid to get European partners to help more on immigration. | Video

Jun 05 2018

Italy's new PM vows radical change, flanked by party bosses

ROME Italy's new prime minister promised on Tuesday to bring radical change to the country, including more generous welfare and a crackdown on immigration, as the two party bosses who hold the keys to his anti-establishment government nodded their approval. | Video

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