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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 08 2018

Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka gets six years' jail in contempt case

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday handed a six-year jail term to a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims, holding him guilty of contempt just months after he was convicted of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist.

Aug 02 2018

Sri Lanka central bank keeps key rates steady as expected

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank left its key policy rates unchanged as expected on Friday, saying the decision backed its goals for stabilizing inflation and fostering sustainable economic growth.

Jul 11 2018

Sri Lanka's central bank warns against dollar hoarding as rupee falls

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank is concerned about the dollar hoarding and market manipulation that's exacerbating the rupee's weakness and has the tools to correct any misalignment in the exchange rate, its governor told Reuters.

Jun 14 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary.

May 30 2018

Sri Lanka signs deal with Schlumberger subsidiary for $50 million seismic study

COLOMBO Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed an agreement with a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a $50 million seismic study off the country's east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a senior government official said.

May 10 2018

Sri Lanka's state-run refiner raises petrol prices

COLOMBO State-run Sri Lankan fuel retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will raise retail prices for gasoline and diesel from midnight on Thursday in repsonse to rising oil prices, a government spokesman said.

May 04 2018

Sri Lanka to sign deals with Total, Schlumberger for seismic study

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will sign agreements with French oil and gas major Total and a subsidiary of U.S. firm Schlumberger for a seismic study off its east coast to evaluate any prospective oil resources, a top official said on Friday.

Apr 12 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.

Apr 04 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.

Mar 24 2018

Lanka IOC raises retail prices to cut losses

COLOMBO Sri Lankan fuel retailer Lanka IOC Plc has raised retail prices for gasoline and diesel, the company said on Saturday, due to losses incurred after the government's failure to implement a pricing formula.

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