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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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25 Apr 2018

Facing low cocoa prices, Ivory Coast stops helping farmers boost yields

ABIDJAN, April 25 Ivory Coast will stop distributing hybrid seedlings and other advanced technologies that help cocoa farmers improve yields to cut overproduction that has weighed on cocoa prices, according to a letter by the regulator sent to exporters.

19 Apr 2018

Explainer - Plans to end cocoa deforestation face multiple hurdles

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves.

19 Apr 2018

Explainer: Plans to end cocoa deforestation face multiple hurdles

DUEKOUE, Ivory Coast Faced with the prospect of losing all its forests, Ivory Coast has partnered with chocolate makers to try to halt the spread of cocoa plantations in protected national parks and reserves.

24 Mar 2018

Ivorians vote in senate poll likely to shore up president's power

ABIDJAN Ivorians voted for a new senate on Saturday in a poll likely to shore up President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power, amidst an opposition boycott, while doing little to relieve ethnic tensions lingering from a decade of crisis.

22 Feb 2018

Ivory Coast cocoa exporters forecast drop in main crop output

ABIDJAN, Feb 22 Cocoa exporters and pod counters in Ivory Coast have revised down their forecast for this year's main harvest because of hot weather and a lack of rain.

10 Jan 2018

Soldiers loot arms, burn military base in Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN Soldiers in Ivory Coast's second largest city looted weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire during an overnight clash, leaders of the faction that carried out the raid said on Wednesday.

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 ($25,782) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military, documents showed on Monday.

03 Nov 2017

Death of youth leader stirs tensions in Ivory Coast cocoa belt

ABIDJAN Protesters clashed with police in western Ivory Coast's cocoa belt on Friday after the death of a youth leader, raising the prospect of more disruptions to the harvest.

03 Nov 2017

Death of youth leader stirs tensions in Ivory Coast cocoa belt

ABIDJAN, Nov 3 Protesters clashed with police in western Ivory Coast's cocoa belt on Friday after the death of a youth leader, raising the prospect of more disruptions to the harvest.

01 Nov 2017

Disease could halve Ivory Coast first-quarter cocoa output: exporters

ABIDJAN Cocoa production in top grower Ivory Coast could fall by nearly half in the first quarter of next year because of disease that has wiped out a significant portion of pods, exporters said.

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