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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

Jun 24 2018

Second person dead, 30 arrested, after Saturday's grenade attack at Ethiopia prime minister's rally

ADDIS ABABA Thirty people have now been arrested over alleged involvement in a grenade attack that killed two people at a rally in the Ethiopian capital attended by new prime minister Abiy Ahmed, police said on Sunday.

Jun 23 2018

Ethiopian PM escapes grenade attack, one dead, scores hurt

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed survived a grenade attack on Saturday at a massive rally in support of his push for radical political and economic reforms, including a peace deal with regional arch-enemy Eritrea. | Video

Jun 22 2018

South Sudan rules out rebel leader Machar rejoining government

ADDIS ABABA South Sudan offered to allow a rebel representative to join its government on Friday, but ruled out Riek Machar, saying they had "had enough" of the rebel leader after five years of civil war.

Jun 21 2018

South Sudan's president and rebel leader meet for peace talks

ADDIS ABABA South Sudan’s president and rebel leader met on Wednesday for the first time since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces, the Ethiopian prime minister's chief of staff said.

Jun 20 2018

Eritrea welcomes Ethiopia's olive branch, raising hopes of breakthrough

ADDIS ABABA Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa's most intractable military stand-offs on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as "positive signals". | Video

Jun 19 2018

South Sudan civil war foes to meet in Ethiopia: Addis ministry

ADDIS ABABA South Sudan President Salva Kiir will meet his rival Riek Machar in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, as part of talks to try and negotiate an end to a five-year-old civil war, Ethiopia's foreign ministry said.

Jun 11 2018

On Ethiopia-Eritrea frontline, anger at Addis' olive branch

BADME, Ethiopia-Eritrea border For the residents of Badme, a desolate border town in the war-scarred badlands between Ethiopia and Eritrea, new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's peace overtures to Asmara, Addis Ababa's sworn enemy, are an insult to the living and the dead.

Jun 08 2018

Ethiopia's prime minister replaces security chiefs as part of reforms

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced the heads of two branches of the security services as he presses ahead with political and economic reforms in response to demands from protesters many of whom were killed.

Jun 06 2018

Ethiopia's PM says ending war, expanding economic links with Eritrea key for regional stability

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia's prime minister said on Wednesday that ending war and expanding economic ties with neighboring Eritrea is critical for stability and development in the impoverished Horn of Africa region.

Jun 06 2018

Ethiopia loosens throttle on many key sectors, but privatization still far off

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia's decision to sell stakes in its lucrative telecoms monopoly and other assets could open one of the world's largest untapped markets to huge potential investments by firms willing to work with a government still wary of private enterprise.

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