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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

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

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

07 Mar 2018

Asian giants China and India flex muscles over tiny Maldives

NEW DELHI/COLOMBO A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state of emergency, according to military and diplomatic sources and analysts.

06 Mar 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency for seven days in a bid to curb communal violence after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the Muslim minority.

06 Mar 2018

Sri Lanka deploys police, military after Buddhist-Muslim clash

COLOMBO Sri Lanka sent troops and elite police to central Kandy district and imposed a curfew there on Monday to prevent clashes between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims after a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop.

17 Feb 2018

Sri Lanka PM plans reshuffle in wake of local election drubbing

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday he planned to stay in office and reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of a stinging loss in local elections for both parties in the ruling coalition.

12 Feb 2018

Sri Lanka's ex-leader Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

COLOMBO Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government.

11 Feb 2018

Party backed by Sri Lanka's ex-president eyes big victory in local polls

COLOMBO A political party backed by Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa looks set for a landslide victory in local polls, results showed on Sunday, potentially undermining the island nation's unity government and its reform agenda.


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