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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

Feb 07 2018

Somaliland issues fatwa banning female genital mutilation

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somaliland has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning female genital mutilation (FGM) - and paving the way for the breakaway region to pass legislation against the internationally condemned practice, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Feb 06 2018

Justice eludes rape victims in Somalia's Puntland: campaigners

NAIROBI/BOSSASO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women and girls in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland who accuse police, army and marines of raping them are not receiving justice, campaigners said on Tuesday.

Feb 01 2018

U.N. sounds alarm on South Sudan as Africa's biggest refugee crisis looms

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 7 million people from South Sudan need emergency aid such as food, water and basic medicines due to a protracted civil war in the country, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing to international donors for $3.2 billion.

Jan 24 2018

Forget Davos; Dandora holds key to inequality - activists

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As champagne and caviar wash down tough talk of world problems in Davos, the stench of rotten rubbish lingers over an alternative summit in Kenya aimed at tackling the chasm between rich and poor.

Jan 19 2018

Kenyan doctor goes to court to legalize female genital mutilation

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan doctor is seeking to legalize female genital mutilation (FGM), arguing that a ban on the internationally condemned practice is unconstitutional and that adult women should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies.

Jan 18 2018

Somalia's al Shabaab denies forcibly recruiting children to fight

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab on Thursday denied that it was threatening and abducting civilians to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training.

Jan 17 2018

Somalia to probe evictions of thousands of displaced families

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Somali government responded to widespread criticism by aid agencies on Wednesday, promising to investigate reports that thousands of families fleeing drought and conflict were forcefully evicted from more than 20 informal camps.

Jan 17 2018

Risk of hunger and crime as U.N. cuts food for refugees in east Africa

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cuts in food rations for 1.5 million refugees in east Africa, due to funding shortages, could increase school dropouts, crime and malnutrition, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

Jan 17 2018

Half of drought-hit Somalia needs aid in 2018: U.N.

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 6.2 million people in Somalia - half the population - need emergency aid, such as food, water and shelter, due to unprecedented drought and ongoing conflict, the United Nations said on Wednesday, appealing for $1.6 billion.

Jan 15 2018

Ethiopia adoption ban may curb trafficking, but poorest families need support

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ban on the adoption of Ethiopian children by foreigners could curb child abuse and trafficking, but more support is needed for vulnerable families within the impoverished country, experts said on Monday.

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