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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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16 Nov 2017

'We're praying': Officials say India will not act on smog this year

NEW DELHI As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was needed to control the smoky haze, but nothing would be done, at least this year.

14 Nov 2017

India's trade deficit widens to near 3-year high in October

NEW DELHI India's trade deficit widened to its highest in nearly three years in October, government data showed on Tuesday, as export growth contracted for the first time after more than a year.

13 Nov 2017

India's October retail inflation touches seven-month high

NEW DELHI India's retail inflation picked up in October to a seven-month high, driven by faster rises in prices of food and fuel products, dampening chances of an interest rate cut by the central bank next month.

10 Nov 2017

Analysis: India plans lending reforms as bankers fear new bad debt crisis

NEW DELHI Weeks after India unveiled a $32 billion bailout of state-run banks, top finance ministry officials and bankers will meet this weekend to discuss lending reforms designed to prevent another bad loans crisis.

09 Nov 2017

India touts bank note ban, opposition fumes and Nepal short-changed

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI Indian officials extolled last year's shock ban on high denomination bank notes as a success on Wednesday, while opponents staged protests and Nepal said its citizens were still stuck with billions of rupees in old money.

26 Oct 2017

India's $32 billion bank recap plan spurs share gains and questions

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI Indian banking shares soared on Wednesday, sending indexes to record highs after the cabinet approved a $32.4 billion plan to recapitalise its state banks over the next two years, although it was unclear how the injections will be structured.

24 Oct 2017

BJP-ruled Rajasthan defers media curbs until next year

NEW DELHI India's western state of Rajasthan on Tuesday deferred until next year a measure requiring government permission for the publication of details regarding judges and public servants who face accusations over action taken in the course of their duty.

18 Oct 2017

Exclusive: India likely to stick to deficit target, may step up bank reform - Modi adviser

NEW DELHI India is likely to stick to its fiscal deficit target of 3.2 percent of GDP, and may accelerate sales of government stakes in lenders and other companies as part of an effort to recapitalise banks, an adviser to the prime minister said on Tuesday.

13 Oct 2017

Retail inflation remains steady in September, hopes for rate cut bleak

NEW DELHI India's annual consumer price inflation remained steady in September from the previous month, but hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India remain bleak as it expects higher inflation in coming months.

10 Oct 2017

Fiscal test: As India's smaller firms struggle, Modi faces stimulus dilemma

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India's festive season should be a time of celebration for textiles businessman Habib Ansari, who usually spends October counting a boom in profits from supplying retailers ahead of a month of peak shopping.

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