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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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30 Nov 2017

West Africa population planners battle to woo Muslim hearts

DAKAR/LIBORE, Niger Mabingue Ngom, the head of the U.N. Population Fund in West Africa, knows that if he wants to cut birth rates he can't ignore religion.

22 Nov 2017

Warum Malis und Nigers Hirten in den Dschihad ziehen

Niamey/Nairobi Als Doundou Chefou als Jugendlicher erstmals zur Waffe griff, tat er es aus dem gleichen Grund wie viele andere Hirten der Volksgruppe der Fulbe entlang der Grenze zwischen Niger und Mali: Er wollte sein Vieh schützen.

12 Nov 2017

Why Niger and Mali's cattle herders turned to jihad

NIAMEY/NAIROBI When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock.

03 Nov 2017

A month on, U.S., Niger still disagree on what happened on fatal mission

NIAMEY/WASHINGTON A month after an Islamist ambush in Niger killed eight U.S. and Nigerien troops, the two sides' officials still cannot agree on the sequence of events leading to the incident or even, possibly more importantly, on the nature of the mission itself.

02 Nov 2017

Niger defense minister asks U.S. to deploy armed drones against militants

NIAMEY Niger has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counter-insurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied U.S.-Nigerien forces.

01 Nov 2017

Niger asks U.S. to deploy armed drones against militants

NIAMEY Niger has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counterinsurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied U.S.-Nigerien forces.

09 Sep 2017

Togo must introduce two-term limit swiftly to prevent crisis - U.N.

DAKAR Togo must go the way of other West African nations and swiftly limit presidential terms to two if it wants to prevent protests escalating into a political crisis, the United Nations envoy to the region said on Saturday.

08 Sep 2017

Togo leader must quit now for protests to stop - opposition head

DAKAR/LOME The leader of Togo's main opposition alliance said on Friday that President Faure Gnassingbe must quit power immediately or protests against his family's 50-year ruling dynasty would continue.

20 Jul 2017

Cameroon tortures suspects at base used by U.S., French, Amnesty says

DAKAR Cameroonian forces have been torturing suspects in a campaign against Islamist group Boko Haram, with much of the torture happening at a base used extensively by American troops and visited by French ones, Amnesty International said on Thursday. | Video

20 Jul 2017

Cameroon tortures suspects at base used by U.S., French troops - Amnesty

DAKAR Cameroonian forces have been torturing suspects in their campaign against Islamist group Boko Haram, with much of the torture happening at a base that has also been used by American and French troops, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

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