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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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28 Jul 2017

With coupon funds frozen, Congo heads for Eurobond default

ABIDJAN/LONDON, July 28 Republic of Congo appeared headed for a sovereign debt default on Monday after the latest coupon payment on its $363 million Eurobond was frozen amid a decades-old legal dispute over a $1 billion debt to a local construction company.

20 Jul 2017

Gunmen attack elite security unit in Ivory Coast, steal weapons

ABIDJAN Gunmen, some of them in uniform, attacked the base of an elite security unit in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, killing an officer, stealing weapons and then fighting security forces in another part of the city, defence officials said on Thursday.

20 Jul 2017

Abidjan waterside boom spurs new demand: crocodile removal

ABIDJAN "It's not my first time," fireman Patrick Obite said with an air of confidence as, kneeling, he straddled a meter-long crocodile in the carpark of a building site in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan. | Video

30 Jun 2017

U.N. closes Ivory Coast mission, security remains fragile

ABIDJAN The United Nations closed its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast on Friday after 13 years during which it ushered the West African nation through a political crisis to elections and played a decisive role in the 2011 civil war.

08 Jun 2017

U.N. expert mission assists Ivory Coast arms cache investigation

ABIDJAN A United Nations experts mission is assisting Ivory Coast authorities investigating an arms cache discovered last month in the home of an aide to parliament speaker Guillaume Soro, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

25 May 2017

Exclusive: Signs of more trouble in Ivory Coast as hidden hand saves mutineers

ABIDJAN When a rag-tag group of soldiers launched a mutiny in Ivory Coast earlier this month, it looked like they were doomed. A column of elite troops quickly descended to put the mutiny down. The rebels were running out of ammunition and the armories had been locked.

23 May 2017

Three dead in clashes between police and ex-rebels in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN Three demobilized ex-rebel fighters were killed in Ivory Coast's second-biggest city of Bouake on Tuesday, as they clashed with police attempting to end their protest over bonus payments, a policeman and a spokesman for the former fighters said.

15 May 2017

Troops advance towards mutineers in Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN Troops were advancing towards Ivory Coast's second largest city on Sunday, part of an operation the head of the army said was launched "to re-establish order" on the third day of a mutiny by soldiers across the country over bonus payments.

13 May 2017

Ivory Coast soldiers revolt over bonus pay dispute

ABIDJAN Soldiers left their barracks and blocked streets in several towns and cities across Ivory Coast on Friday, including the commercial capital Abidjan, firing gunshots into the air as their protest over a pay dispute gathered momentum.

12 May 2017

Ivory Coast army mutineers drop financial demands

ABIDJAN Thousands of soldiers who mutinied earlier this year in Ivory Coast, paralysing the country and dealing a blow to its post-war success story, have agreed to drop their demands for further bonus payments, a spokesman for the group said on Thursday.

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