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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

19 Oct 2017

Saudi needs Aramco billions as recession slows austerity drive

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's plans to sell state assets - including a stake in energy giant Saudi Aramco - are becoming even more important to its finances as a recession slows Riyadh's effort to close a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.

09 Oct 2017

Saudi balances recession, deficit in tough decision on energy reform

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia/DUBAI Saudi Arabia is expected to decide by the end of this month on the timing of domestic fuel and electricity price hikes that could risk pushing the economy further into recession, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

05 Oct 2017

Saudis reconsidering speed of austerity plan as economy slumps -IMF

DUBAI Saudi Arabia has told the International Monetary Fund that it is reconsidering the speed at which it imposes austerity steps to avoid slowing the economy too much and boosting unemployment, the IMF said on Thursday.

01 Oct 2017

Qatar growth sinks as oil sector stalls, sanctions cause minor damage

DUBAI Qatar's economic growth slowed in the second quarter to its lowest rate since the global financial crisis because of a sagging oil sector, while sanctions by other Arab states inflicted minor damage, official data showed on Sunday.

27 Sep 2017

End to women's driving ban to save Saudis billions, support reforms

RIYADH/DUBAI Saudi Arabia's decision to end a driving ban for women is likely to save families billions of dollars, boost industries from car sales to insurance, and reassure investors that the kingdom's push to diversify its economy beyond oil is on track.

27 Sep 2017

Qatar imports rebound in August, suggesting sanctions impact fading

DUBAI The value of Qatar's imports rebounded sharply in August from July, government data showed on Wednesday, suggesting the economic impact of sanctions imposed by other Arab states is fading.

10 Sep 2017

Bahrain tightens Islamic finance rules with mandatory external audit

DUBAI, Sept 10 Bahrain is tightening its rules for Islamic banks by requiring all of them to undergo independent, external audits to certify they are following Muslim laws known as sharia.

09 Sep 2017

Saudi assures investors that reforms, Aramco IPO on track

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's government assured investors on Saturday that its Vision 2030 economic reform program, including the sale of a stake in national oil giant Saudi Aramco, was on track despite plans to adjust part of it.

30 Aug 2017

Value of Trump's brand up in Middle East, his Gulf partner says

DUBAI The value of Donald Trump's brand in the Middle East has risen since he visited the region to meet local leaders, his main business partner in the region said, reporting strong sales of homes at a Dubai golf course development bearing Trump's name.

24 Aug 2017

Saudi foreign reserves resume falling in July

DUBAI, Aug 24 Saudi Arabia's foreign reserves resumed falling in July, central bank data showed on Thursday, suggesting the government may remain under pressure to draw them down to cover a budget deficit caused by low oil prices.

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