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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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03 Jan 2018

Sri Lanka central bank sees recovery in 2018, cautious on easing

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's economic growth in 2018 is forecast at between 5-5.5 percent, bouncing back from an anticipated four-year low of less than 4 percent last year, central bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said on Wednesday.

18 Dec 2017

Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.

15 Dec 2017

U.N. asks urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO The United Nations on Friday urged the Sri Lankan government to urgently implement reforms to end war-time arbitrary detention and strengthen independent monitoring of tough legislation.

08 Dec 2017

Sri Lanka parliament backs tax exemptions for port deal with Chinese

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's parliament approved on Friday a raft of tax concessions for a Chinese-led joint venture which will handle the southern port of Hambantota under a $1.1 billion deal that has sparked public anger and concerns in India and elsewhere.

06 Dec 2017

Sri Lanka to hand port to Chinese firm, receive $300 million

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will hand over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday and receive around $300 million out of a $1.1 billion deal soon after, Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

24 Oct 2017

U.N. says Sri Lanka's delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

COLOMBO Long delays in Sri Lanka's post-war reconciliation is not without cost, and its government should implement measures to resolve outstanding issues, the United Nations said on Monday.

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.

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