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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

Nov 08 2017

Short on boots and backing, West Africa force faces uphill battle

SEVARE, Mali Snipers from a new West African force lie prone on a rooftop in central Mali, scanning the horizon for Islamist militants who have infiltrated this sparsely populated region south of the Sahara and made it a launchpad for deadly attacks.

Nov 06 2017

Congo mining output rises, central bank warns of inflation risk

DAKAR Copper production in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa's top producer of the metal, rose by 9.3 percent in the first nine months of this year, but soaring inflation remains a risk to the economy, the central bank warned on Monday.

Oct 30 2017

U.S. pledges up to $60 million for security in Sahel region

UNITED NATIONS/ABIDJAN The United States has promised up to $60 million to support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel) Joint Force's counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said on Monday.

Oct 09 2017

Congo orders China joint venture to stop exporting raw metals

ABIDJAN Congo's mines minister has ordered a joint venture of Chinese investors to stop exporting raw copper and cobalt before processing because of their low value on international markets.

Oct 01 2017

Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions in anti-Kabila alliance

NAIROBI/ABIDJAN For years, William Yakutumba did what many militia leaders in eastern Congo do: he occupied a pocket of territory while running rackets based on gold smuggling, arms trafficking and taxing civilians abandoned by an absent state.

Sep 28 2017

Congo naval boats battle rebels on Lake Tanganyika

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo Naval boats fended off attacks by rebels on Lake Tanganyika in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday as heavy fighting spread close to the lakeside city of Uvira, sources in the area said.

Sep 25 2017

Coffee farms earn so little that supply may soon drop: ICO chief

YAMOUSSOUKRO Farmers earn so little from coffee that many are likely to abandon their trees, endangering future supplies at a time of surging demand, the head of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) said on Monday.

Sep 20 2017

U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast. | Video

Sep 19 2017

U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast. | Video

Sep 18 2017

Locked in power struggle, Congo army and militia massacred hundreds: report

JOHANNESBURG Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said on Monday.

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