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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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06 Jun 2018

Singapore firm to draw up Chinese investment zone plan in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved a proposal for Singapore-based urban planning consultancy Surbana Jurong Pvt Ltd, owned by state investor Temasek Holdings Ltd, to draw up a plan for a Chinese investment zone in the country's southern port city of Hambantota, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

04 Jun 2018

Interview: Maldives' Nasheed vows to renegotiate China loans if opposition wins September poll

COLOMBO China has dragged the Maldives into a debt trap and any future government formed by the opposition will be unable to repay the loans unless a review cuts them to real value, exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed told Reuters on Monday.

01 Jun 2018

Exclusive: Free trade talks between China and Sri Lanka hit big hurdles

COLOMBO Talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo's demand for a review of the deal after 10 years, Sri Lanka's top negotiator said.

28 May 2018

Cricket: Sri Lanka says pitch-fixing allegations hard to believe

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's top cricket administrators say it is difficult to believe allegations of pitch-fixing in a 2016 test match against Australia which have triggered a probe by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

25 May 2018

Sri Lanka accepts $1 billion, eight-year syndicated loan from China Development Bank

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has accepted an eight-year China Development Bank $1 billion syndicated loan to repay loans maturing this year, two top Finance Ministry officials said on Friday.

16 May 2018

Iran agrees to build new refinery for Sri Lanka -govt spokesman

COLOMBO, May 16 Iran has agreed to build a new oil refinery for Sri Lanka in addition to upgrading its ageing 50,000 barrel per day (bpd) state-owned refinery, Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday.

02 May 2018

Sri Lanka's China-backed Port City sees up to $4 billion investment interest

COLOMBO A Chinese-backed real estate project near Sri Lanka’s main port is in discussion with investors for up to $4 billion in investments in its first phase, the developer said on Wednesday.

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.

03 Apr 2018

Sri Lanka's PM faces tight confidence vote as key ally plans to defect

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faces a no- confidence motion on Wednesday that could go down to the wire and lead to political instability in the island nation, even if the government manages to scrape a win.

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