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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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08 Jan 2018

Sri Lanka to raise $500 mln via bonds, divesting state hotels amid debt

COLOMBO, Jan 8 Sri Lanka aims to raise $500 million this month via development bonds and is in the process of divesting two state-owned hotels, the central bank and a ministry said on Monday, as the government faces unprecedented debt repayment this year.

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.

02 Jan 2018

China Harbour Engineering to invest $1 billion in Sri Lanka's Port City: minister

COLOMBO A consortium led by state-run China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd will invest $1 billion to build three 60-storey office towers on reclaimed land of the Port City development in Sri Lanka's capital, a government minister said on Tuesday.

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.

04 Dec 2017

Maldives defends trade deal with China against opposition criticism

COLOMBO The Maldives government on Monday defended its free trade agreement (FTA) with China against criticism from the opposition that it was signed in haste and with insufficient parliamentary scrutiny.

29 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka central bank does not see need for another rate hike - governor

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank does not see a need for a rate rise due to lower core inflation, but the monetary authority is cautiously monitoring the numbers, governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy told Reuters on Tuesday.

20 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka PM appears before bond probe panel

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared voluntarily before a panel investigating alleged irregularities in government bond sales on Monday to clear his name.

20 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka PM appears before bond probe panel

COLOMBO, Nov 20 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared voluntarily before a panel investigating alleged irregularities in government bond sales on Monday to clear his name.

18 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured

COLOMBO Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday.

07 Nov 2017

Sri Lanka fuel shortage to end on Nov. 9 - oil minister

COLOMBO, Nov 6 Sri Lanka's fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday, as state-run oil retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC traded blame charges over the shortage.

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