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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

17 Sep 2018

At least 23 die in weekend of Ethiopia ethnic violence

ADDIS ABABA At least 23 people were killed in a weekend of violence targeting minorities in Ethiopia's ethnic Oromo heartland near the capital Addis Ababa, police said, a blow to new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's efforts at reconciliation.

15 Sep 2018

Exiled leader of Ethiopian rebel group returns home amid reforms

ADDIS ABABA The exiled leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which had previously been declared a terrorist movement by the Ethiopian government, returned home on Saturday, marking another step in political reforms driven by the new prime minister.

12 Sep 2018

REFILE-UPDATE 2-South Sudan's president, rebel leader sign peace deal

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 12 South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday to end a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people, displaced two million and held up the country's progress since it gained independence seven years ago.

11 Sep 2018

Ethiopia, Eritrea reopen border points for first time in 20 years

ADDIS ABABA The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, cementing a stunning reconciliation and giving Addis Ababa a direct route to its former foe's Red Sea ports.

07 Sep 2018

Manager of Ethiopia's $4 billion Nile dam project committed suicide - police

ADDIS ABABA The project manager of a $4 billion Ethiopian dam who was found dead in his vehicle in Addis Ababa on July 26 committed suicide, police said on Friday.

06 Sep 2018

Djibouti, Eritrea agree to normalise ties strained since 2008

ADDIS ABABA Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalise ties a decade after a border dispute led to brief military clashes, officials said on Thursday after a regional summit.

06 Sep 2018

UPDATE 1-Ethiopia PM says China will restructure railway loan

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 6 China has agreed to restructure some of Ethiopia's debt, including a loan for a $4 billion railway linking its capital Addis Ababa with neighbouring Djibouti, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday.

05 Sep 2018

Ship docks, road upgrade planned as Eritrea, Ethiopia ties strengthen

ADDIS ABABA An Ethiopian ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday and Eritrea announced plans to upgrade a road to its neighbour, local media said, in further signs of strengthening ties between the former foes.

04 Sep 2018

Ethiopia opens logistics sector to foreign investment

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 4 Ethiopia will open its logistics sector to foreign investors but cap their participation, the state investment body said on Tuesday in the latest reform to loosen the government's control of the economy.

27 Aug 2018

Ethiopia arrests disgraced regional boss accused of rights abuses

ADDIS ABABA Police in Ethiopia arrested the disgraced former head of the eastern Somali region on Monday on charges of human rights abuses and stoking deadly ethnic clashes, the attorney general's office said.

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