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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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Ex-football star 'King George' nears goal of Liberia presidency

MONROVIA George Weah has been here before: on the goal line of the Liberian presidency, one run-off vote from victory. Unlike in 2005, however, his support is much wider and many expect him at last to succeed.

16 Oct 2017

African rulers' weapon against web-based dissent - the off switch

DAKAR Rapidly expanding access to the internet across Africa is helping grassroots opposition movements take on once-invulnerable regimes. Many entrenched rulers have a simple response: pulling the plug.

15 Oct 2017

Ex-soccer star Weah headed for presidential run-off in Liberia

MONROVIA Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39 percent of votes and less than 5 percent of precincts still to be counted.

06 Oct 2017

Cameroon army helicopters shot separatist protesters - witnesses

DAKAR/BAMENDA, Cameroon Troops and attack helicopters opened fire on protesters at the height of separatist rallies in English-speaking areas of Cameroon over the weekend, killing and wounding people, witnesses and rights groups said.

02 Oct 2017

State crackdown fuels independence push in Anglophone Cameroon

DAKAR A once-fringe separatist movement in Cameroon's Anglophone regions is gaining ground after a year of state repression that has undermined moderate voices and raised concerns the majority French-speaking nation may face a prolonged period of violence.

18 Aug 2017

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

DAKAR Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

04 Aug 2017

Killed and dumped in wells: probe reveals horrors of Gambia's ex-regime

DAKAR/BANJUL When 52 West African migrants sneaked into Gambia from Senegal on July 21, 2005, they expected to meet a boat to ferry them to Spain, but instead they were arrested and put to death on the orders of then-president Yahya Jammeh.

07 Jul 2017

Spike in migrant boats to Spain may signal shift in Africa exodus

MADRID/DAKAR The number of migrants crossing into Spain by sea from North Africa has doubled in 2017 from last year, outpacing the Libya-Italy route as the fastest growing entry point to Europe.

05 May 2017

Migrants who survive Sahara face new torture in Libyan oasis town

Brikama, GAMBIA In his quest to reach Europe, 22-year old Gambian Mafu Hydara spent six days with little food or water crossing the Sahara before he reached the Libyan oasis town of Sabha. | Video

19 Apr 2017

Lack of cash and computers frustrates Gambians' hunt for justice

BANJUL After police arrested 57-year-old Gambian activist Solo Sandeng at a protest a year ago, witnesses said he was beaten to death and buried in an unmarked grave near a fishing village.

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