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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

13 Oct 2017

India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said.

04 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for local fuel sales

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has blocked a proposal by Chinese firms bidding to build the island's biggest oil refinery to sell fuel locally, fearing a threat to domestic firms that dominate the small but growing market.

22 Sep 2017

Sri Lanka in talks with two Chinese firms for $3 billion refinery

COLOMBO Sri Lanka is in talks with two Chinese companies about investing up to $3 billion to build in a new refinery at its Chinese-controlled port, a top government official said on Friday.

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.

22 Aug 2017

Maldives to restore death penalty after 60 years - official

COLOMBO Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday.

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.

25 Jul 2017

Exclusive: Sri Lanka's cabinet 'clears port deal' with China firm after concerns addressed

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation.

25 Jul 2017

Maldives opposition says blocked from entering parliament for impeachment vote

Two opposition leaders accused soldiers and police in the Maldives of roughing up opposition lawmakers on Monday, using pepper spray to prevent them from entering parliament to take part in an impeachment vote against the speaker.


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