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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

Mar 13 2018

Kazakhstan offers stake in state oil firm to Shell: sources

ASTANA Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund has offered Royal Dutch Shell the chance to buy a significant minority stake in national oil company KazMunayGaz (KMG) to make its planned flotation more attractive to foreign investors, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

Dec 15 2017

INTERVIEW-Kazakhstan lowers grain export outlook as Russia ups sales

ASTANA, Dec 15 Squeezed out of its traditional markets in Central Asia by Russia's record grain crop, Kazakhstan has cut its grain export target while aiming to increase sales to China, Deputy Agriculture Minister Nurzhan Altayev told Reuters.

Sep 15 2017

Turkey, Iran and Russia to deploy observers around Syria's Idlib

ANKARA/ASTANA Russia, Iran and Turkey will post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria's Idlib region largely controlled by Islamist militants, the three nations said on Friday.

Mar 14 2017

Russian-backed Syria talks derailed as rebels boycott

MOSCOW/ASTANA Russian-led peace talks on Syria were derailed on Tuesday as rebels backed by Turkey boycotted a third round of meetings in Kazakhstan and the Kremlin indicated there were international divisions over the process.

Mar 02 2017

INTERVIEW-Strong oil prices could boost Kazakh econ growth to 2.8 pct this year - minister

ASTANA, March 2 Higher-than-expected oil prices may push Kazakhstan's gross domestic product growth to 2.8 percent this year, above the recently updated official forecast of 2.5 percent, Economy Minister Timur Suleimenov told Reuters in an interview.

Jul 05 2016

Kazakhs, Chevron-led group approve $37 billion Tengiz field expansion

ASTANA Kazakhstan and a group of oil companies led by Chevron have approved a $36.8 billion plan to boost production at the Central Asian country's Tengiz field, a rare major investment in an industry hit by low prices and a boost to the local economy. | Video

Jun 05 2016

Suspected militants attack Kazakh guard base, kill six

ASTANA Suspected Islamist militants killed six people at a national guard base and two stores selling firearms in the Kazakh industrial city of Aktobe on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.

Nov 13 2015

Kazakhstan suspends tourist flights to Egypt after Russian plane crash

ASTANA/ALMATY Kazakhstan has suspended tourist flights to Egypt due to safety concerns after a Russian passenger plane crashed there killing all 224 people onboard, Kazakh tourist companies and an airline said on Friday.

Nov 12 2015

Russian border guards' return to Tajikistan 'not on agenda' - official

ASTANA Russia is worried by "terrorists" massing along the borders of the post-Soviet CIS group of states, but re-establishing Moscow's control over the border with Afghanistan "is not on the agenda", a senior official said on Thursday.

Nov 12 2015

Russian border guards' return to Tajikistan 'not on agenda': official

ASTANA Russia is worried by "terrorists" massing along the borders of the post-Soviet CIS group of states, but re-establishing Moscow's control over the border with Afghanistan "is not on the agenda", a senior official said on Thursday.

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