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Heba Kanso

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

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War and disasters leaving more children at the mercy of traffickers - Nobel laureate

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children are more vulnerable now than ever due to conflicts and natural disasters with millions without homes or families, leaving them easy prey for human traffickers, Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi warned on Friday.

Mar 21 2018

Cervical cancer to double across Middle East without vaccines

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deaths from cervical cancer will double in the Middle East and North Africa by 2035 unless conservative nations vaccinate young women and tackle sexual taboos, a study said on Wednesday.

Mar 15 2018

Factbox: More than half a million dead as Syria's war enters eighth year

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syria's bloody war entered its eighth year on Thursday with thousands of civilians fleeing deadly assaults on besieged territory, and refugees in camps across its border falling deeper into poverty.

Mar 14 2018

'I have nothing' cries Syrian child bride as poverty drives more refugee girls to wed

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As 17-year-old Aziza sat in her dark tent in a refugee camp, she rocked her baby while her tiny hands adjusted his pacifier, looking down at all she had left from two broken marriages.

Mar 09 2018

Will weekend's march for equal inheritance propel historic first in Tunisia?

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of women in Tunisia are expected to take to the streets on Saturday demanding equal inheritance rights with men - a subject so taboo that it is rarely even debated in the Arab world, activists said.

Mar 07 2018

'Men don't want women to work' in the Arab world as female unemployment soars

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Unemployment among women in the Middle East is twice that of men, the United Nations said on Wednesday, pointing to low wages, a lack of skills and a belief among some that a woman's place is in the home.

Mar 02 2018

Can matchmaking create happy homes for employers and migrants in Lebanon?

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Jane came from the Philippines to Lebanon as a domestic worker to cook, clean and care for children, she only met her new boss on the day she moved into her house - and was unhappy from the outset.

Feb 28 2018

'Bittersweet victory' for Moroccan women facing domestic violence, activists say

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A hotly-debated new law aimed at protecting women in Morocco against domestic violence does not go far enough, said women's rights activists who have campaigned for reform for years.

Feb 27 2018

Aid agencies to tackle Syria abuse amid fears of women trading sex for food

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies in Syria are joining forces to tackle sexual abuse of people in need, the United Nations said on Tuesday, amid reports of women in the war-torn nation being sexually exploited by men delivering aid for its agencies and major charities.

Feb 22 2018

Pakistan's first transgender scouts compete to attend haj in Mecca

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the first time, transgender boy scouts from Pakistan could be heading to the haj pilgrimage in Islam's holiest city, a scout leader said Thursday, signaling growing acceptance of the stigmatized minority in the conservative South Asian nation.


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