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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

Oct 06 2017

U.S. deaths in Niger highlight Africa military mission creep

NAIROBI/ABIDJAN U.S. special forces soldiers were with their counterparts from Niger on Wednesday in the West African nation's volatile southwest, a growing hot-bed of jihadist violence, when the report came in of a raid nearby.

Oct 03 2017

Exclusive: AfDB to decide fate of $296 million Ivorian Airbus purchase

ABIDJAN The African Development Bank [AFDB.UL] is expected on Wednesday to decide the fate of a $296 million financing package for Ivory Coast national airline Air Cote d'Ivoire's purchase of five new Airbus A320s, a bank document seen by Reuters showed.

Sep 27 2017

Explosion in Mali kills three U.N. soldiers from Bangladesh

ABIDJAN Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African country's peacekeeping mission and Bangladesh's military said.

Sep 26 2017

Exclusive: Construction firm chases oil taxes, royalties in $1 billion Congo debt row

ABIDJAN Construction firm Commisimpex has gone to a French court in its fight with the Congo Republic over what it says are more than $1 billion in unpaid bills, the latest step in a decades-old saga that has weighed on the nation's economy.

Sep 12 2017

EU states broke law by allowing fishing off Gambia, Equatorial Guinea: watchdog

ABIDJAN Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy broke European Union law by authorizing vessels to fish in the territorial waters off Gambia and Equatorial Guinea, according to the findings of conservation group Oceana published on Tuesday.

Jul 28 2017

With coupon funds frozen, Congo heads for Eurobond default

ABIDJAN/LONDON, July 28 Republic of Congo appeared headed for a sovereign debt default on Monday after the latest coupon payment on its $363 million Eurobond was frozen amid a decades-old legal dispute over a $1 billion debt to a local construction company.

Jul 20 2017

Gunmen attack elite security unit in Ivory Coast, steal arms

ABIDJAN Gunmen, some of them in military uniforms, attacked the base of an elite security unit in Ivory Coast's main city, and stole stocks of weapons as part of a series of overnight clashes, the defense minister said on Thursday.

Jul 20 2017

Abidjan waterside boom spurs new demand: crocodile removal

ABIDJAN "It's not my first time," fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan. | Video

Jun 30 2017

U.N. closes Ivory Coast mission, security remains fragile

ABIDJAN The United Nations closed its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast on Friday after 13 years during which it ushered the West African nation through a political crisis to elections and played a decisive role in the 2011 civil war.

Jun 08 2017

U.N. expert mission assists Ivory Coast arms cache investigation

ABIDJAN A United Nations experts mission is assisting Ivory Coast authorities investigating an arms cache discovered last month in the home of an aide to parliament speaker Guillaume Soro, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

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