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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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13 Apr 2018

Sri Lanka's president suspends parliament until May 8

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president suspended parliament on Thursday until May 8, days after a failed no-confidence motion attempt against the prime minister and the defection of several ministers forced a cabinet reshuffle.

05 Apr 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday survived a no confidence vote in parliament after a majority of legislators voted to support his coalition government but the instability caused may damage its reform agenda.

24 Mar 2018

Lanka IOC raises retail prices to cut losses

COLOMBO Sri Lankan fuel retailer Lanka IOC Plc has raised retail prices for gasoline and diesel, the company said on Saturday, due to losses incurred after the government's failure to implement a pricing formula.

20 Mar 2018

Maldives to lift state of emergency, charge ex-president, chief justice with bribery

COLOMBO Maldives President Abdulla Yameen will lift a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday and the government will bring bribery charges against former leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the chief justice, said a senior Maldives diplomat.

16 Mar 2018

Sri Lanka lifts ban on Facebook imposed after spasm of communal violence

COLOMBO Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was being used to fuel communal violence.

14 Mar 2018

Sri Lanka to lift social media ban: minister

COLOMBO Sri Lanka is likely to lift a ban on social media networks this week, a government minister said on Tuesday, almost a week after blocking access to prevent the spread of communal violence.

10 Mar 2018

Sri Lankan police ask who promoted violence against Muslims

KANDY/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Sri Lankan police said on Friday they were investigating whether 10 suspected ringleaders of a wave of attacks on Muslims by Sinhalese Buddhists had outside funding or foreign help.

08 Mar 2018

Sri Lanka arrests 10 for anti-Muslim violence as towns smoulder

KANDY, Sri Lanka Police in Sri Lanka said on Thursday it had arrested the suspected leader and nine others suspects behind a wave of anti-Muslim attacks by Sinhalese Buddhist hardliners in a central highlands region this week.

08 Mar 2018

Curfew in Sri Lankan tourist town of Kandy to be temporarily lifted

KANDY, Sri Lanka, March 8 A curfew in the Sri Lankan town of Kandy will be temporarily lifted on Thursday, authorities said, following days of violence against members of the minority Muslim community by Buddhists.

08 Mar 2018

Grenade blast kills one in Sri Lanka communal violence, social media blocked

COLOMBO A grenade blast killed one person in further violence between majority Buddhist Sinhalese and minority Muslims in Sri Lanka on Wednesday as the government moved to block social messaging networks in an effort to halt the bloodshed. | Video


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