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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

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Anti-slavery groups say face growing threat in Mauritania

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-slavery activists in Mauritania are increasingly being arrested and protests banned as the state tightens restrictions on human rights groups, activists and organizations said on Thursday.

Mar 20 2018

Ten facts about Boko Haram and Nigeria's abducted schoolgirls

ABUJA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One month ago, 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, raising echoes of the infamous abduction of schoolgirls from Chibok in 2014.

Mar 14 2018

U.N. climate projects in Congo leave locals worse off - report

DAKAR, March 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A large-scale United Nations programme to halt deforestation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world's second-largest rainforest, is harming local communities and failing to protect forests, land rights researchers said on Wednesday.

Mar 07 2018

Refugees stuck in Libyan prisons as U.N. evacuation plan stalls

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An emergency plan to evacuate refugees from dangerous prisons in Libya has stalled because European countries are taking too long to resettle them, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 2018

Rape of men and boys in Central African Republic is 'ignored' crime

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have raped men and boys for years in an emerging pattern of sexual violence that is "underreported and largely ignored", researchers said on Monday.

Feb 22 2018

EU security does not justify African migrants' suffering - Red Cross

AGADEZ, Niger (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Europe is increasing the suffering of African migrants trying to cross the Sahara, the Red Cross chief said on Thursday, urging lawmakers not to put security above human rights.

Feb 19 2018

More newborns dying in West and Central Africa as world "fails poorest babies"

DAKAR, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More babies are dying each year in West and Central Africa even as child health improves overall, aid agencies said on Tuesday, calling the region's newborn death rate a "hidden tragedy".

Feb 15 2018

Months after mudslide, Sierra Leone children struggle to stay in school

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Survivors of last year's devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone are struggling to keep their children in school as aid efforts wind down and many are left jobless, several charities said.

Feb 14 2018

Ask 'Dr. Love': mobile app teaches Congolese youth about safe sex

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young people in Democratic Republic of Congo are turning to their phones to consult "Doctor Love" - not a matchmaker but a mobile app that answers questions about sex and childbirth.

Feb 06 2018

With crop skills and coding, new UNICEF chief aims to shake up schools

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From crop planting to coding, secondary schools worldwide need to teach more practical skills and digital know-how to prepare teens for the future, said UNICEF's new global chief.


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