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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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Afghan hotel attack stirs fresh debate on private security firms

KABUL A bloody Taliban raid on a high-end hotel guarded by a private company in the Afghan capital has stirred fresh debate about the role of security firms in the violence-plagued country.

23 Jan 2018

Afghanistan searches for answers to deadly hotel attack

KABUL The deadly assault on the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul at the weekend, which devastated one of Afghanistan's three main airlines with the killing of many of its foreign pilots, has exposed again how vulnerable the city is to militant attacks. | Video

19 Jan 2018

Analysis: Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

KABUL Exploratory meetings in Pakistan between a high-level Taliban delegation and a representative of a prominent Afghan politician have fuelled speculation of a revival of long-stalled talks on ending Afghanistan's 16-year war that kills thousands each year.

16 Nov 2017

Suicide bomber kills nine near Afghan political meeting

KABUL A suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital near a meeting of supporters of an influential regional leader on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded many, the interior ministry said.

21 Oct 2017

Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead

KABUL Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. | Video

19 Oct 2017

Taliban kill at least 43 Afghan troops as they storm base - officials

KABUL The Afghan Taliban stormed a military base in the south of the country killing at least 43 troops on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said, with the militants saying they had killed 60.

11 Oct 2017

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test

KABUL Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country's long-term stability.

15 Sep 2017

Afghan cricket fans defy bombers as T20 league takes off

KABUL A suicide attack outside Kabul's main cricket stadium this week may have underlined the daily security risks facing Afghanistan but the country's premier T20 tournament is carrying on and the enthusiasm of spectators appears undiminished.

17 Aug 2017

Ticket to rot for fruit stranded without flights in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan Afghanistan's plans to fly shipments from southern fruit growers to India have gone awry, leaving tons of grapes and melons to rot as officials scramble to add flights, while trading blame for the delays.

07 Aug 2017

Kabul 'Green Zone' tightened after attacks in Afghan capital

KABUL Afghan authorities are tightening security in the central area of Kabul housing foreign embassies and government offices after a string of suicide attacks that have caused hundreds of casualties and hit confidence in the Western-backed government. | Video

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