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Rupam Jain

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

Aug 14 2018

Afghanistan forces beef up defense of flashpoint city

KABUL Afghan security forces backed by U.S. advisers and air strikes fought on Monday to drive Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint city of Ghazni, where hundreds of people have been killed or wounded during four days of fighting. | Video

Jul 16 2018

In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran

KABUL Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan's Helmand River, but the country lacks the infrastructure to use its waters for large-scale irrigation.

Jul 02 2018

'We cannot live here' - Afghanistan's Sikhs weigh future after suicide bombing

KABUL Many among Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh minority are considering leaving for neighbouring India, after a suicide bombing in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday killed at least 13 members of the community.

Jun 19 2018

Prospects for U.S.-Taliban talks rise after Afghan ceasefire

KABUL/WASHINGTON Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks.

Jun 19 2018

After Afghan ceasefire gamble, prospects rise for U.S.-Taliban talks

KABUL/WASHINGTON Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks.

Jun 17 2018

Eid ceasefire proved 'wide support' for Afghan Taliban, they say

KABUL The Afghan Taliban said their three-day Eid ceasefire, which ends on Sunday, proved the unity of their movement and its "wide national support" as the presidential palace extended its own ceasefire with the militants by 10 days. | Video

Jun 16 2018

Afghanistan Eid car bomb, claimed by Islamic State, kills 26

KABUL A car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants celebrated an unprecedented Eid ceasefire.

Jun 15 2018

Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a U.S.-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. | Video

Jun 13 2018

Understaffing, 'shouting matches' mar Afghan poll preparations

KABUL Infighting, a lack of expertise and unfilled vacancies within Afghanistan's election body raise doubts about whether polls planned this year can be held on time, according to Afghan and international agency officials, with one likening planning meetings to "a fish market".

May 20 2018

U.S. sanctions on Iran threaten vital Afghanistan trade project

WASHINGTON/KABUL U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan's economy, endangering a key goal of the U.S. strategy to end America's longest war.

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