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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

Oct 22 2017

Former soccer star Kaladze becomes mayor of Georgia's capital

TBILISI Kakha Kaladze, a former defender for Italian club AC Milan, was elected mayor of Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia, as the country's ruling Georgian Dream party won a majority of seats in local councils.

Oct 19 2017

Former soccer star Kaladze runs for mayor in Georgia's capital

TBILISI Kakha Kaladze climbed to the top of world soccer as a defender for Italian club AC Milan, and now his career is taking another turn: he wants to become the mayor of the capital city in his native country of Georgia.

Oct 10 2017

Fitch says Georgian banks well placed to absorb pressures

TBILISI, Oct 10 Fitch ratings agency said Georgian banks were adequately capitalised and generating good profits, but warned that a high level of dollar-denominated loans posed a risk given depreciation of the local currency.

Oct 04 2017

ADB sees Azeri economy shrinking by 1.3 percent, inflation at 14 percent in 2017

TBILISI The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees the economy in oil-rich Azerbaijan contracting by 1.3 percent this year mainly due to declining oil production, but returning to growth in 2018, the bank's local manager told Reuters.

Sep 08 2017

Exclusive: BP's stake in giant Azeri oilfields set to fall: sources

TBILISI/BAKU BP's stake in Azerbaijan's vast oilfields is expected to shrink under a new production-sharing agreement with state energy company SOCAR, two industry sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

Aug 01 2017

VP Pence says Russia's stance must change before ties improve

TBILISI U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that relations with Russia would not improve until Moscow changed its stance on Ukraine and withdrew support for "regimes like Iran and Syria and North Korea". | Video

Jul 30 2017

Georgia begins U.S.-led military exercise a day before Vice President Pence visit

TBILISI The Georgian army began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and other partner countries on Sunday, a day before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visits the ex-Soviet nation. | Video

Jun 10 2017

Russia's InterRAO begins arbitration proceedings against Georgia

TBILISI, June 10 Russian energy firm InterRAO has begun arbitration proceedings in Stockholm against Georgia over electricity tariffs, Georgia's deputy energy minister said.

Jun 09 2017

Georgia says Azerbaijan to suspend Shah Deniz gas exports for a month

TBILISI Azerbaijan plans to suspend natural gas exports from its major Shah Deniz offshore field in August for a month, due to repair works on the export pipeline which runs via Georgia to Turkey, Georgia's deputy energy minister said.

Jun 01 2017

Armenia, Azerbaijan closer to war over Nagorno-Karabakh than at any time since 1994 - ICG

TBILISI The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan are closer to war over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region than at any point since a ceasefire brokered more than 20 years ago, the International Crisis Group said.

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