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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

Jul 12 2018

U.S. says disrupts Iran finance operation in UAE to squeeze Tehran

DUBAI The United States and the United Arab Emirates have broken up a network funneling illicit funds to Iran as Washington steps up a drive to restrict Iranian trade and access to hard currency in the region, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Jul 09 2018

Saudi issues draft law for public-private projects worth billions

DUBAI Saudi Arabia has published a draft law covering partnerships between the government and private sector in a step toward launching billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects and attracting fresh foreign investment.

Jul 01 2018

Saudi economy starts to recover, set to accelerate as oil output rises

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's economy began to recover in the first quarter of 2018 after shrinking for the first time in eight years during 2017, official data showed on Sunday, and the recovery looks set to accelerate in coming months with a rise in oil production.

Jun 28 2018

Abraaj affair hits UAE, MSCI hopes should buoy Kuwait: Reuters poll

DUBAI The planned liquidation of the Middle East's biggest private equity firm has hurt sentiment toward stocks in the United Arab Emirates, while Kuwait's outlook is bullish as it may join MSCI's emerging market index, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday.

Jun 25 2018

Iran bans 1,300 imports as protesters, police clash over currency weakness

DUBAI Iran is banning imports of over 1,300 products, preparing its economy to resist threatened U.S. sanctions, amid rare public protests against the plunge of its currency to record lows.

Jun 22 2018

Oil prices slash Oman budget gap by nearly three-quarters in Jan-Feb

DUBAI, June 22 Oman's state budget deficit shrank by nearly three-quarters in the first two months of this year as a rise in oil prices boosted export revenues sharply, official figures released this week showed.

Jun 07 2018

Saudi, UAE put economy at heart of alliance with joint investment plans

DUBAI/RIYADH Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates put jobs and investment at the center of their diplomatic alliance, saying on Thursday they would cooperate in areas ranging from energy and agriculture to tourism and financial services.

Jun 06 2018

Islamic Development Bank to move staff outside Saudi, lead projects in strategy shift

DUBAI The Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will move hundreds of its staff outside Saudi Arabia and play a lead role in designing investment projects as the multilateral lender changes strategy under a new president.

Jun 03 2018

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi climbs on new labour minister, TAQA drags down Abu Dhabi

DUBAI, June 3 Saudi Arabia's stock market rose in early trade on Sunday after businessman Ahmed bin Suleiman al-Rajhi was named minister of labour at the weekend, while Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA) dragged down that market.

May 29 2018

Dubai cancels corporate fines in fresh effort to boost business

DUBAI Dubai is exempting companies from administrative fines in a fresh effort to stimulate business, which has been dampened by new taxes and slumping asset markets.

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