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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

Dec 11 2017

Ivory Coast offering $26,000 buy-outs to reduce army size: documents

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast will pay thousands of soldiers 15 million CFA francs ($25,782) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed on Monday.

Nov 03 2017

Death of youth leader stirs tensions in Ivory Coast cocoa belt

ABIDJAN Protesters clashed with police in western Ivory Coast's cocoa belt on Friday after the death of a youth leader, raising the prospect of more disruptions to the harvest.

Nov 03 2017

Death of youth leader stirs tensions in Ivory Coast cocoa belt

ABIDJAN, Nov 3 Protesters clashed with police in western Ivory Coast's cocoa belt on Friday after the death of a youth leader, raising the prospect of more disruptions to the harvest.

Nov 01 2017

Disease could halve Ivory Coast first-quarter cocoa output: exporters

ABIDJAN Cocoa production in top grower Ivory Coast could fall by nearly half in the first quarter of next year because of disease that has wiped out a significant portion of pods, exporters said.

Oct 30 2017

Displaced from Ivory Coast cocoa belt doubles to near 7,000

ABIDJAN The number of people fleeing illegal Ivorian cocoa plantations has more than doubled in the last three weeks to nearly 7,000 amid ethnic disputes, the Red Cross said on Monday, potentially denting the harvest in the world's top grower.

Oct 30 2017

Displaced from Ivory Coast cocoa belt doubles to near 7,000

ABIDJAN, Oct 30 The number of people fleeing illegal Ivorian cocoa plantations has more than doubled in the last three weeks to nearly 7,000 amid ethnic disputes, the Red Cross said on Monday, potentially denting the harvest in the world's top grower.

Oct 25 2017

Brown rot affects Ivory Coast cocoa harvest: farmers

ABIDJAN Brown rot disease will reduce the size of the cocoa harvest in Ivory Coast, farmers said on Wednesday.

Oct 09 2017

Aide to Ivory Coast parliament speaker arrested over arms cache

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast authorities arrested a senior aide to parliament speaker Guillaume Soro on Monday, a prosecutor said, accusing him of possessing and distributing weapons to destabilize the state during an army mutiny earlier this year.

Oct 09 2017

Ethnic land dispute forces thousands to flee in Ivory Coast cocoa belt

GUIGLO, Ivory Coast An ethnic-fueled land dispute has driven thousands of farmers off illegal plantations in Ivory Coast's main cocoa belt, threatening the start of the harvest in the world's top producer.

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.

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