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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

11 Dec 2017

Ivory Coast offering $26,000 buy-outs to reduce army size -documents

ABIDJAN Ivory Coast will pay thousands of soldiers 15 million CFA francs (£19,264) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed on Monday.

08 Dec 2017

Special Report - How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. | Video

08 Dec 2017

Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop.

08 Dec 2017

SPECIAL REPORT-How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso, Dec 8 In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop.

29 Nov 2017

EU's Tusk: Africa, EU must cooperate to end 'horrifying' migrant abuses

ABIDJAN Europe and Africa have joint responsibility for making migration more humane and orderly so they can end horrifying abuses being committed against African migrants by people smugglers, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

28 Nov 2017

Difficult migration debate looms as African and EU leaders meet

ABIDJAN European leaders under pressure from a far-right revival at home hope to avoid a difficult debate about immigration when they meet their African counterparts in Ivory Coast from Wednesday.

07 Oct 2017

U.S deaths in Niger highlight Africa military mission creep

NAIROBI/ABIDJAN U.S. special forces soldiers were with their counterparts from Niger on Wednesday in the West African nation's volatile southwest, a growing hot-bed of jihadist violence, when the report came in of a raid nearby.

03 Oct 2017

Exclusive: AfDB to decide fate of $296 million Ivorian Airbus purchase

ABIDJAN The African Development Bank [AFDB.UL] is expected on Wednesday to decide the fate of a $296 million financing package for Ivory Coast national airline Air Cote d'Ivoire's purchase of five new Airbus A320s, a bank document seen by Reuters showed.

26 Sep 2017

Exclusive - Construction firm chases oil taxes, royalties in $1 billion Congo debt row

ABIDJAN Construction firm Commisimpex has gone to a French court in its fight with the Congo Republic over what it says are more than $1 billion (744.16 million pounds)in unpaid bills, the latest step in a decades-old saga that has weighed on the nation's economy.

24 Sep 2017

Explosion in Mali kills three U.N. soldiers from Bangladesh

ABIDJAN Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African country's peacekeeping mission and Bangladesh's military said.

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