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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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24 Feb 2018

Death toll from Somalia blasts rises to 45 - government official

MOGADISHU The death toll from twin car bomb blasts in the Somali capital late on Friday has risen to 45 from the initially reported 18, a senior government official said on Saturday.

24 Feb 2018

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital and kill 18 people

MOGADISHU Twin car bombs killed 18 people in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Friday in an attack by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but security forces shot dead five assailants, officials said.

19 Jan 2018

Somali authorities say troops rescue 32 children from "terrorist school"

MOGADISHU Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group.

19 Jan 2018

Somalia's al Shabaab denies forcibly recruiting children to fight

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab on Thursday denied that it was threatening and abducting civilians to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training.

30 Dec 2017

Raid on senator's home reveals divisions in Somali security forces

MOGADISHU Masked men who appeared to be members of the Somali security forces raided the house of a powerful Somali senator on Saturday, but the government initially said it did not know who they were, fuelling political tensions.

22 Dec 2017

Somalia releases jailed ex-minister and government critic

MOGADISHU A court in Somalia on Thursday released without charge a former minister and government critic who spent two days in jail after being arrested for alleged treason, an arrest which ignited a smouldering political crisis for the fragile government.

18 Dec 2017

Somali security forces arrest former minister in raid

MOGADISHU Somali security forces have arrested a former minister and outspoken government critic after clashing with his bodyguards during an overnight raid on his home, the security ministry said on Monday.

14 Dec 2017

Suicide bomber kills at least 18 at police academy in Somalia's capital

MOGADISHU A suicide bomber disguised as a policeman blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday and killed at least 18 officers, officials said.

06 Nov 2017

Somalia's Islamist insurgency executes four men accused of spying

Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab insurgency shot four men accused of spying on Monday in a public execution which underscored the insurgents' control of swathes of the country's southern region even as the government girds up for an offensive against them.

29 Oct 2017

At least 29 dead after Islamist attack on Somali hotel

MOGADISHU An Islamist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu ended on Sunday after 29 people were killed during a siege lasting nearly 12 hours, police said, prompting the government to sack two top security officials over their failure to stop repeated attacks.


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