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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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Two car bombs explode in Somali capital and kill 18 people

MOGADISHU Twin car bombs killed 18 people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday in an attack by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but security forces shot dead five assailants, officials said.

Feb 22 2018

Somali children abused in anti-insurgency crackdown, families say

MOGADISHU Somali children suspected of links to the Islamist insurgency are being held in adult jails where they are vulnerable to abuse, and tried in military courts, Somali families said, backing up allegations in a human rights report.

Feb 16 2018

Hunted and hated, Somali tax collectors gird for battle

MOGADISHU Ahmed Nur moves through the Somali capital of Mogadishu with a bodyguard of six men, a pistol in the waistband of his baggy trousers. He speaks of his work in whispers; seven of his colleagues have been killed in the last three years. But Nur is no intelligence operative. He's a tax collector.

Feb 06 2018

Somali military court sentences man to death for role in major bombing

MOGADISHU A Somali military court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of driving a truck bomb as part of a deadly attack that killed more than 500 people in the capital, Mogadishu, in October, the national news agency reported.

Jan 16 2018

Somalia's al Shabaab denounces ex-spokesman as apostate who could be killed

MOGADISHU Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants, who have carried out frequent bombings in the capital, Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to the government side was an apostate who could be killed.

Dec 30 2017

Raid on senator's home reveals divisions in Somali security forces

MOGADISHU Masked men who appeared to be members of the Somali security forces raided the house of a powerful Somali senator on Saturday, but the government initially said it did not know who they were, fuelling political tensions.

Dec 22 2017

Somalia releases jailed ex-minister and government critic

MOGADISHU A court in Somalia on Thursday released without charge a former minister and government critic who spent two days in jail after being arrested for alleged treason, an arrest which ignited a smoldering political crisis for the fragile government.

Dec 20 2017

Somali lawmakers seek to impeach president amid political crisis

MOGADISHU Some Somali lawmakers said on Wednesday they plan to impeach the president in a mounting political crisis that could put the fledgling government on a violent collision course with one of the country's most powerful clans.

Dec 14 2017

Suicide bomber kills at least 18 at police academy in Somalia's capital

MOGADISHU A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 18 officers, officials said.

Nov 22 2017

Somalia says it requested U.S. air strike that killed 100 militants

MOGADISHU Somalia's government said on Wednesday it had requested a U.S. air strike that killed scores of suspected militants to help pave the way for an upcoming ground offensive against Islamist group al Shabaab.

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