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Aug 14, 2014

Obama says time for healing, transparency in Missouri shooting

By Jeff Mason and Daniel Lovering

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and urged authorities to be transparent in their investigation.

“Now is the time for healing. Now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson,” Obama told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family. “Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done.”

Aug 14, 2014

Obama calls for police to respect protesters in Ferguson, Missouri

By Nick Carey and Jeff Mason

FERGUSON Mo./EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday said that police should respect protesters after four nights of racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, over the recent police killing of an unarmed black teenager.

“There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting,” Obama said a televised remarks.

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U.S. says rescue mission for Iraq’s Yazidis less likely after visit

By Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A U.S. mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely after a U.S. assessment team sent there on Wednesday found the humanitarian situation not as grave as expected, the Pentagon said.

A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq to assess the situation of thousand of members of the Yazidi religious minority found far fewer people than previously feared and in better condition than expected, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. team lands on Iraqi mountain where Yazidis are trapped

By Arshad Mohammed and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – A team of U.S. military and humanitarian aid personnel landed on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar early on Wednesday to assess how to evacuate thousands of civilians under siege from Sunni militant fighters, a U.S. official said.

The United States has not ruled out using American ground forces in an operation to extract the trapped civilians, but they will not engage in combat, the White House said.

Aug 13, 2014

U.S. forces may help evacuate trapped Yazidis in Iraq

By Jeff Mason

EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – The United States has not ruled out using American ground forces in an operation to extract thousands of desperate civilians trapped on a mountain by Islamist militants, but they will not engage in combat, a senior White House official said on Wednesday.

A team of 130 U.S. military personnel is in the Kurdistan capital of Arbil, urgently drawing up options ranging from creating a safe corridor to an airlift to rescue those besieged on Mount Sinjar for over a week, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority.

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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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