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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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21 Apr 2018

U.S. army trainers try to build West Africa defenses against jihad

OUALLAM, Niger Kicking up clouds of pink Saharan dust, U.S. military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying "death to outsiders" and threw smoke grenades toward approaching Nigerien commandos this week, as a surveillance drone hovered overhead. 

20 Apr 2018

US army trainers try to build West Africa defences against jihad

OUALLAM, Niger, April 20 Kicking up clouds of pink Saharan dust, U.S. military trainers impersonated militants, waved flags saying "death to outsiders" and threw smoke grenades toward approaching Nigerien commandos this week, as a surveillance drone hovered overhead.

05 Apr 2018

Exclusive: Miners insist on rewrite of Congo mining code to protect exemptions

DAKAR International mining companies have insisted that Democratic Republic of Congo amend portions of a new mining code to respect exemptions they were granted by its predecessor.

30 Mar 2018

Eight in ten Congolese disapprove of President Kabila: poll

DAKAR Eight in ten Congolese have an unfavourable opinion of President Joseph Kabila - but nearly seven in ten don't think the December vote to replace him will be fair, according to a national poll published on Friday.

15 Mar 2018

How Congo faced down some of the world's biggest mining firms

DAKAR In an ornate room in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential palace last week, some of global mining's most powerful men faced off against government officials over proposed changes to the country's mining code. Facing the officials, including President Joseph Kabila, the executives at times threatened to pursue arbitration or close mines if the government went ahead with changes including royalty increases, according to one of the president's top advisers, Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi, who attended the meeting. But there was no mistaking the sense of defeat as executives from Glencore, Randgold, Ivanhoe and other firms descended the red carpeted stairs after six hours to accept before the media a mining code that hikes taxes and removes exemptions for cobalt and other minerals. It was an extraordinary climb down for companies that had campaigned tooth-and-nail for six years for better terms, and the president signed the bill into law two days later.

09 Mar 2018

In Congo, voting machines raise suspicions among president's foes

DAKAR/NAIROBI When election officials unveiled voting machines that resemble large tablet computers in Democratic Republic of Congo, they hailed them as the solution to a multitude of problems.

15 Feb 2018

Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks

DAKAR Democratic Republic of Congo's oil minister on Thursday defended the country's right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve.

14 Feb 2018

UK freezes $800,000 in assets under Congo sanctions

DAKAR The British government said it has frozen 580,000 pounds ($802,894) in assets held by several dozen militia leaders, army officers and private organizations with ties to Democratic Republic of Congo.

21 Dec 2017

Exclusive - Cameroonian troops entered Nigeria without seeking authorisation, sources in Nigeria say

ABUJA/DAKAR Cameroonian troops this month crossed into Nigeria in pursuit of rebels without seeking authorisation from Nigeria, causing a falling-out between the governments behind the scenes, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

20 Dec 2017

Insight: Who killed U.N. experts in Congo? Confidential prosecutor's file offers clues

DAKAR U.N. investigators Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp were on familiar ground when they sat down with local leaders in central Congo in March to discuss a widening seven-month-old conflict in the area.

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