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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.

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Oct 23 2017

U.N. says Sri Lanka's delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

COLOMBO Long delays in Sri Lanka's post-war reconciliation is not without cost, and its government should implement measures to resolve outstanding issues, the United Nations said on Monday.

Aug 31 2017

Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers: officials

COLOMBO International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil.

Aug 10 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's foreign minister resigned on Thursday over corruption charges in an investigation of alleged irregularities in government bond sales, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.

Jul 29 2017

Sri Lanka signs $1.1 billion China port deal amid local, foreign concerns

COLOMBO Sri Lanka signed a long delayed $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease its southern Hambantota port to China ignoring an appeal by opposition parties to debate the pact in parliament.

Jul 28 2017

Sri Lanka PM says to sign Hambantota port deal with China on Saturday

COLOMBO Sri Lanka will finally sign a $1.1 billion deal on Saturday to lease the southern Hambantota port to China, after several months of delay caused by local protests and claims by opposing politicians that this would threaten national security.

Jul 14 2017

U.N. raps Sri Lanka's slow progress on tackling war crimes

COLOMBO The United Nations criticized Sri Lanka on Friday for slow progress in addressing war crimes and past human rights abuses and said the international community was running out of patience.

May 13 2017

Sri Lanka rejects Chinese request for submarine visit: sources

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has rejected China's request to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month, two senior government officials said on Thursday as the Indian prime minister landed in the island nation.

May 05 2017

TPG pulls out of SriLankan Airlines bid talks - airline chairman

COLOMBO U.S. private equity firm TPG, one of three bidders short-listed to buy a 49 percent stake in state-owned SriLankan Airlines, has pulled out of talks about the potential acquisition, the chairman of the national carrier said.

May 05 2017

TPG pulls out of SriLankan Airlines bid talks - airline chairman

COLOMBO, May 5 U.S. private equity firm TPG, one of three bidders short-listed to buy a 49 percent stake in state-owned SriLankan Airlines, has pulled out of talks about the potential acquisition, the chairman of the national carrier said.

Apr 16 2017

Many feared buried as hopes dim after Sri Lanka garbage dump landslide

COLOMBO Hopes faded on Sunday for the survival of an estimated 100 people trapped under the mud and debris of a landslide at a giant rubbish dump in the Sri Lankan capital.

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