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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.

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Syrian opposition picks chief negotiator ahead of new Geneva talks

RIYADH/AMMAN Syria's main opposition group selected a new chief negotiator on Friday ahead of a new round of U.N.-backed peace negotiations with the Damascus government set to kick off next week.

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 15 2017

Russia, Syria armies step up attacks on Damascus enclave-rebels

AMMAN The Syrian army backed by Russian jets on Wednesday stepped up shelling and air strikes on a besieged rebel-held enclave in Damascus a day after rebels stormed an army base in the area, rebels, a war monitor and residents said.

Nov 13 2017

Iranian-backed militias routed in last Syrian militant stronghold

AMMAN Islamic State militants regained control of Albu Kamal, their last stronghold in Syria, after Iranian-backed militias who claimed to have captured the city a few days earlier were ambushed and forced to retreat, tribal leaders, residents and a war monitor said on Monday.

Oct 29 2017

Syrian army, allies step up attacks on last militant bastion in Deir al-Zor city

AMMAN The Syrian army, supported by Russian jets and Iranian-backed militias, escalated bombing on Sunday of areas of the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor still held by Islamic State.

Oct 25 2017

Austerity to hit Jordan as debt spikes, economy slows

AMMAN, Oct 25 Jordan's high and rising public debt has worried the International Monetary Fund and prompted a downgrade from Standard & Poor's. So the government is planning a blast of austerity by year-end.

Oct 15 2017

Turkish army expands deployment in Syria's northwest: rebels

AMMAN The Turkish army is expanding its deployment in northwest Syria with the goal of encircling a Kurdish enclave and reining in Russian strikes in the Idlib border province under a deal to reduce clashes, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

Oct 08 2017

Turkish army surveys Syria's Idlib before deployment - sources

AMMAN/ANKARA A Turkish army reconnaissance team scouted out Syria's Idlib province on Sunday, a senior Syrian rebel said, before an expected military operation to impose peace in the bitterly contested Syrian northwest.

Oct 07 2017

Turkey backs Syrian rebels for "serious operation" in Idlib

ANKARA/BEIRUT Syrian rebel fighters are launching a major military operation backed by Turkish forces into a northwestern area of Syria largely controlled by jihadists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.

Oct 05 2017

Syrian rebels resist Jordan pressure to hand over border crossing

AMMAN Syrian opposition groups are resisting Jordanian pressure to hand control of a border crossing back to the Syrian government, a step that would be a major boost for President Bashar al-Assad and undermine rebel groups in southwestern Syria.

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