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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

Aug 12 2018

Russia, Iran, and three others agree Caspian status, but not borders

AKTAU, Kazakhstan Iran and four ex-Soviet nations, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea, paving way for more energy exploration and pipeline projects.

Jul 13 2018

What's in a name? In Uzbekistan, it signals a reform drive

ALMATY One evening last December, a crane lifted construction workers to the top of the ornate arched entrance to Uzbekistan's biggest commercial market. Overnight, they replaced the huge letters spelling out its title.

Jul 04 2018

Vitol to offer $650 million more to Kazakhstan in oil prepayment deal

LONDON/ALMATY/MOSCOW Major European trader Vitol is set to increase its cash-for-oil deal with Kazakhstan's state energy firm by offering about $650 million or more to finance the Kashagan oilfield, sources familiar with the matter said.

Jun 05 2018

Russian lending not on EBRD agenda, positive on Central Asia

ASTANA The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has no plans to restart lending in Russia, but is upbeat on Central Asia following Uzbekistan's move to implement long-delayed market reforms, its president told Reuters.

Jun 04 2018

Foreign companies struggle in cash-strapped Turkmenistan

ALMATY/ANKARA Some foreign companies in Turkmenistan are struggling to make sales and collect payments as economic pressures mount in large part because of a sharp drop in the Central Asian nation's crucial gas exports.

Jun 03 2018

Foreign companies struggle in cash-strapped Turkmenistan

ALMATY/ANKARA Some foreign companies in Turkmenistan are struggling to make sales and collect payments as economic pressures mount in large part because of a sharp drop in the Central Asian nation's crucial gas exports.

May 17 2018

Kazakhstan's new financial hub seeks IPO monopoly

ASTANA Kazakhstan's new foreign investment hub the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has asked the government for exclusive rights to public offerings of some of the country's most prized assets due to be sold later this year.

Mar 16 2018

Russia to expel UK diplomats as crisis over nerve toxin attack deepens

ASTANA/LONDON Russia is set to expel British diplomats in retaliation for Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to kick out 23 Russians as relations with London crashed to a post-Cold War low over an attack involving a military-grade nerve agent on English soil. | Video

Mar 16 2018

Briten machen Putin für Gift-Anschlag verantwortlich

Moskau/London Großbritannien macht den russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin persönlich für den Gift-Anschlag auf einen Ex-Agenten verantwortlich.

Feb 05 2018

Exclusive: Kazakhtelecom bid values Kcell at around $600 million - sources

ALMATY Kazakhtelecom has made a bid to buy Swedish telecoms company Telia's stake in mobile operator Kcell valuing it at around $600 million, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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