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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

Jan 08 2018

Pension crisis looms as Afghanistan grapples to fix public finances

KABUL In a country not short of problems, a looming pensions crisis that could cripple Afghanistan's budget in coming years is a new headache for a government dependent on increasingly war-weary foreign donors.

Jan 07 2018

Stand-off over powerful Afghan governor foreshadows bitter election fight

MAZAR-I SHARIF, Afghanistan A stand-off between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Atta Mohammad Noor, the powerful provincial governor he is trying to remove from his northern stronghold, is increasingly turning into a battle over next year's presidential election.

Dec 29 2017

Hours after Afghan blast, confused families searched desperately for news

KABUL Hours after the explosion that tore through a Shi'ite cultural center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, desperate families were still searching for news, as burned bodies were brought in and wards at the nearby Istiqlal hospital filled up.

Dec 25 2017

Afghan political crisis deepens as ousted governor refuses to go

KABUL Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's bid to oust one of the country's most powerful provincial governors has run into strong resistance that has deepened political uncertainty just as Washington steps up its campaign against the Taliban insurgency.

Dec 02 2017

Crime, casualties undermine U.S. gains on Afghan battlefield

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan Since U.S. forces began stepping up air strikes against the Taliban, Kunduz shopkeeper Najibullah no longer fears another insurgent takeover of the northern Afghan city. But he does fear robbery or kidnap by militia gangs.

Oct 11 2017

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test

KABUL Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country's long-term stability.

Oct 11 2017

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test

KABUL, Oct 10 Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country's long-term stability.

Sep 29 2017

Militants attack Kabul airport during Mattis visit, U.S. strike hits civilians

KABUL (This September 27th story has been refiled correct headline and first paragraph to show strike caused civilian casualties, not killed civilians; corrects second bullet point to say "missile malfunction".) | Video

Sep 27 2017

NATO chief says Europe has interest in helping Afghanistan

KABUL NATO countries have strong reasons to maintain support for Afghanistan and will respond to U.S. President Trump's call for more troops and funding, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

Sep 15 2017

Afghan cricket fans defy bombers as T20 league takes off

KABUL A suicide attack outside Kabul's main cricket stadium this week may have underlined the daily security risks facing Afghanistan but the country's premier T20 tournament is carrying on and the enthusiasm of spectators appears undiminished.

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