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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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31 Aug 2017

Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers - officials

COLOMBO, Aug 31 International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil.

10 Aug 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in an investigation of alleged irregularities in government bond sales, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.

29 Jul 2017

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 billion China port deal amid local, foreign concerns

COLOMBO Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament.

28 Jul 2017

Sri Lanka PM says to sign Hambantota port deal with China on Saturday

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will finally sign a $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease the southern Hambantota port to China, after several months of delay caused by local protests and claims by opposing politicians that this would threaten national security.

14 Jul 2017

U.N. raps Sri Lanka's slow progress on tackling war crimes

COLOMBO The United Nations criticised Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running out of patience.

12 May 2017

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit - sources

BEIJING Sri Lanka has rejected China's request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation.

05 May 2017

TPG pulls out of SriLankan Airlines bid talks - airline chairman

COLOMBO U.S. private equity firm TPG, one of three bidders short-listed to buy a 49 percent stake in state-owned SriLankan Airlines, has pulled out of talks about the potential acquisition, the chairman of the national carrier said.

17 Apr 2017

Many feared buried as hopes dim after Sri Lanka garbage dump landslide

COLOMBO Hopes faded on Sunday for the survival of an estimated 100 people trapped under the mud and debris of a landslide at a giant rubbish dump in the Sri Lankan capital.

16 Apr 2017

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 19

COLOMBO Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka suspended their search on Saturday night, having already extracted 19 bodies from the rubble and mud. | Video

30 Mar 2017

Exiled Maldives ex-leader wants democracy watchdogs before 2018 vote

COLOMBO, March 29 Exiled former Maldives leader Mohamed Nasheed called on Wednesday for commissions on an independent judiciary and free elections to be set up to help ensure a fair presidential vote next year in the Indian Ocean island nation.

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