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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

Feb 16 2018

Sri Lanka PM plans reshuffle in wake of local election drubbing

COLOMBO Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday he planned to stay in office and reshuffle his cabinet in the wake of a stinging loss in local elections for both parties in the ruling coalition.

Feb 12 2018

Sri Lanka's ex-leader seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

COLOMBO Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government.

Feb 11 2018

Party backed by Sri Lanka's ex-president eyes big victory in local polls

COLOMBO A political party backed by Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa looks set for a landslide victory in local polls, results showed on Sunday, potentially undermining the island nation's unity government and its reform agenda.

Feb 11 2018

Sri Lanka ex-leader-backed party set for landslide victory in local polls

COLOMBO A political party backed by Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa looks set for a landslide victory in local polls, early results showed on Sunday, potentially undermining the country's unity government and its reform agenda.

Feb 07 2018

Maldives supreme court judge ill-treated in prison: ex-president

MALE/COLOMBO The exiled former president of the Maldives accused authorities on Wednesday of mistreating a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of a state of emergency in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Feb 07 2018

Maldives ex-president says top court judge ill-treated in prison

MALE/COLOMBO, Feb 7 The exiled former president of the Maldives on Wednesday accused authorities of ill-treatment of a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of emergency in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Jan 03 2018

Sri Lanka central bank sees recovery in 2018, cautious on easing

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's economic growth in 2018 is forecast at between 5-5.5 percent, bouncing back from an anticipated four-year low of less than 4 percent last year, central bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said on Wednesday.

Dec 17 2017

Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.

Dec 15 2017

U.N. asks urgent reforms to end arbitrary detention in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO The United Nations on Friday urged the Sri Lankan government to urgently implement reforms to end war-time arbitrary detention and strengthen independent monitoring of tough legislation.

Dec 08 2017

Sri Lanka parliament backs tax exemptions for port deal with Chinese

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's parliament approved on Friday a raft of tax concessions for a Chinese-led joint venture which will handle the southern port of Hambantota under a $1.1 billion deal that has sparked public anger and concerns in India and elsewhere.

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