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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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FEATURE-From worm toilets to solar lamps, social innovations keep women safer in rural India

MUMBAI, Dec 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Going from village to village in India to promote the use of toilets that use worms to break down fecal matter, the team from the Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) found young girls to be their biggest champions.

15 Dec 2017

Philippines tops bloody year of land-rights killings - report

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than two people were killed every week on average this year defending their right to land and resources, with the Philippines recording the highest number of casualties amidst a government crackdown on rural communities, a rights group said.

13 Dec 2017

India's digital ID sparks debate over human right to personal data

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Parash, an HIV-positive man, went to a government hospital in Delhi a few months ago to get his medication, he was turned away.

12 Dec 2017

Smaller farms can cope better with climate change in India, say analysts

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's small farmers are better equipped than large landowners to deal with climate change, but need more support to find innovative ways to minimise the impacts of higher temperatures, uneven rainfall, floods and droughts, analysts said.

06 Dec 2017

Rights groups slam World Bank's "vague" new guidelines to protect communities

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New World Bank guidelines aimed at giving environmental and social protection to communities affected by its projects are too weak and vague to be effective, some 30 rights groups said.

06 Dec 2017

Women land defenders in Asia need more protection as violence rises - rights groups

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women land rights defenders in Asia are at greater risk of violence and harassment, according to rights groups who are calling on authorities to do more to protect them as conflicts over land and resources get increasingly bloody.

28 Nov 2017

Ethical data use needed as India embraces blockchain for land records

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As India starts to use blockchain technology for land deals, it must protect the rights of the most vulnerable with policies for the responsible use of big data, analysts said.

28 Nov 2017

Ethical data use needed as India embraces blockchain for land records

MUMBAI, Nov 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As India starts to use blockchain technology for land deals, it must protect the rights of the most vulnerable with policies for the responsible use of big data, analysts said.

28 Nov 2017

Why are large land deals in Africa under scrutiny?

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large land deals in Africa with foreign companies have come under renewed scrutiny after an Indian firm, Karuturi Global, demanded compensation for the cancellation of its lease of farm land in Ethiopia.

28 Nov 2017

Calls to end Africa's 'horrific' land deals after Indian firm's fallout

MUMBAI/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale land deals by investors in Africa are coming under greater scrutiny after an Indian firm demanded compensation for the cancellation of its lease by Ethiopia, with analysts saying they are hurting local communities and damaging ecosystems.

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