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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.

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20 Sep 2017

U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast. | Video

19 Sep 2017

U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast. | Video

18 Sep 2017

Locked in power struggle, Congo army and militia massacred hundreds - report

JOHANNESBURG Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a new report said on Monday.

17 Aug 2017

U.N. Security Council members urge new probe into killings of monitors

UNITED NATIONS Several members of the U.N. Security Council called on U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday to establish an international investigation into the murders of two U.N. investigators in Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year.

17 Aug 2017

With Congo finances collapsing, desperate government has few options

KINSHASA As Congo's government was soliciting urgent help from Western donors and the IMF last month to contain an economic crisis, the chairman of the state mining company brought an unusual guest to the prime minister's office. It was Raymond O'Leary, a vice president from Russia's second largest bank, state-owned VTB, to discuss a Eurobond aiming to raise funds for the cash-strapped government, Congolese and VTB officials confirmed.

16 Aug 2017

U.N. inquiry finds Congolese militia likely killed U.N. monitors

UNITED NATIONS A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence "does not preclude the possibility that others are involved."

20 Jul 2017

Congo's Kabila and family worth millions, new report says

KINSHASA Congo President Joseph Kabila and his family own stakes in more than 80 companies at home and abroad that are likely worth tens of millions of dollars, a report by a U.S.-based body said on Thursday.

14 Jul 2017

Assailants kill at least two, injure six in Kinshasa raid

KINSHASA Nearly a dozen men armed with knives and batons burst into the largest market in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa on Friday, killing at least two people and wounding six police officers, the police and witnesses said.

11 Jul 2017

IMF says Congo assistance contingent on political progress

KINSHASA The IMF has told Democratic Republic of Congo that "a credible path toward political stability" will probably be a condition of any assistance package, a letter seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday.

06 Jul 2017

Congo requests financial support from donors amid economic crisis

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo's government has formally requested financial support from international donors as it confronts a worsening economic crisis, a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday showed.

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