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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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India plans overhaul of colonial-era land titles

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is considering updating its colonial-era land records with a system that cuts fraud and protects the poor as mounting wrangles over land crimp economic growth, an official said.

Jul 25 2017

Free trade deal hurts women, indigenous people, India rights groups say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A regional free trade agreement being negotiated in India this week will hurt the livelihoods of farmers, women and indigenous groups and increase conflicts over land as businesses get easier access, rights groups said on Tuesday.

Jul 24 2017

Fifteen years after bloody riots, Indian Muslims struggling to escape Gujarat ghettos

AHMEDABAD, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shahjahan Bano was a young boy in February 2002, selling vegetables with his mother in a market in Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat, when some of the worst communal riots in the country's history broke out.

Jul 21 2017

India needs new ways to fight scourge of child marriage: report

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India must campaign on social media, rewrite text books and engage its young men if it is to tackle child marriage in a country where nearly half of females wed before the legal age, according to a report released on Friday.

Jul 20 2017

Bollywood needs more 'lady oriented' movies: Alankrita Shrivastava

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Bollywood director whose "lady oriented" film "Lipstick Under My Burkha" was blocked by censors has hit back at the movie establishment, saying it needs more women at the top to battle deep-rooted Indian prejudice.

Jul 20 2017

Bollywood needs more "lady oriented" movies - director

MUMBAI, July 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Bollywood director whose "lady oriented" film was blocked by censors has hit back at the movie establishment, saying it needs more women at the top to battle deep-rooted Indian prejudice.

Jul 20 2017

Indian builders pledge "green" homes in race to meet climate goals

(This July 19 story has been corrected to fix spelling in fourth paragraph)

Jul 18 2017

Thailand's women land defenders face risk of rising violence, rights groups say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women human rights defenders in Thailand are increasingly at risk of violence, threats and harassment since a May 2014 coup, a report said, highlighting the growing concern that the military government is failing to uphold civil rights.

Jul 17 2017

India's land conflicts will persist until acquisition policy is inclusive, says expert

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Conflicts over land in India will persist until the government's policy on land acquisitions for industrial use is made more inclusive to benefit villagers and farmers who have to give up their land, said an expert who has studied recent clashes.

Jul 12 2017

Property rights campaign for women takes aim at patriarchy in South Asia

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists have launched a campaign in South Asia to appeal to men to stand up for the property rights of their daughters, wives and sisters and ask women to demand their share as a way to curb violence against women in the region.

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