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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

18 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe says to slash budget deficit despite looming elections

HARARE Zimbabwe plans to cut its budget deficit by half next year to 4 percent of GDP, the national Treasury said, an ambitious goal at a time when the country is expected to hold a presidential vote that veteran President Robert Mugabe is set to contest.

12 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe ruling party plans vote to strengthen Mugabe's hand

HARARE Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF is planning a special vote to give veteran President Robert Mugabe a fresh five-year mandate as party leader, three sources said, strengthening his hand as rivals plot to succeed him.

09 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe's Mugabe creates cyber ministry in cabinet reshuffle

HARARE Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe moved Patrick Chinamasa from the finance ministry on Monday to lead a new cyber security ministry that will focus on crimes on social media and other websites ahead of an election due next year.

06 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe's vice president, possible Mugabe successor, says he was poisoned

HARARE Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said late on Thursday he had been hospitalised in August because he had been poisoned, raising the political temperature in the fight to succeed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

06 Oct 2017

In Mugabe's Zimbabwe, hard currency just got a whole lot harder

HARARE After defying economic gravity for a year, Zimbabwe's homemade U.S. dollars have fallen to earth with a bump.

25 Sep 2017

Zimbabwe pastor on trial for subversion, faces 20-year jail term

HARARE Zimbabwe put on trial on Monday an activist pastor accused of attempting to subvert the government, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison on conviction, following protests last year against President Robert Mugabe's handling of the economy.

07 Sep 2017

Zimbabwe businesses warn Mugabe growing deficit could destabilize banks

HARARE Zimbabwean business leaders told President Robert Mugabe on Thursday that his government's expanding fiscal deficit was unsustainable and that financing it through local borrowing could destabilize the banking sector.

15 Aug 2017

Grace Mugabe back in Zimbabwe after being accused of assault in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG/HARARE Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home on Tuesday from South Africa after failing to turn herself in to police in Johannesburg to face accusations of assaulting a model in a hotel room.

05 Aug 2017

Zimbabwe opposition reunites to challenge Mugabe

HARARE Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Saturday reunited with his former allies to agree a pre-election pact to challenge President Robert Mugabe's near four-decade hold on power at the polls next year.

29 Jul 2017

Zimbabwe's Mugabe says not going anywhere, not dying

CHINHOYI, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Saturday said he was not stepping down nor dying and that there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him.

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