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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

Ukraine passes long-delayed health reforms praised by West

KIEV Ukrainian lawmakers voted through a long-delayed overhaul of the health system on Thursday that the state's Western backers say will raise standards and tackle a culture of bribe-taking in surgeries and hospitals.

28 Sep 2017

Ukraine says ammo depot explosions huge blow to combat capability

KIEV The destruction of two ammunition depots this year have dealt the biggest blow to Ukraine's combat capability since the start of its separatist conflict, security and military officials said on Thursday.

26 Sep 2017

Hungary threatens to block Ukraine's EU progress in language row

KIEV/BUDAPEST Hungary said on Tuesday it will block its neighbour Ukraine from integrating further with the European Union in retaliation for Kiev's decision to end teaching in minority languages including Hungarian.

21 Sep 2017

Ukraine president says Trump shares vision on 'new level' of defence cooperation

KIEV/NEW YORK Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko met U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and said afterwards that they had a shared vision on a "new level" of defence cooperation, but not whether this included the U.S. provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine.

20 Sep 2017

Ukraine's backers urge government to act on Naftogaz reform

BRUSSELS/KIEV Ukraine's financial and political backers urged the government on Wednesday to step up reforms of state-run Naftogaz, after the gas firm's independent board resigned saying authorities were blocking changes.

07 Sep 2017

Urging reforms, Poroshenko says Ukraine can't cope without IMF

KIEV President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Ukraine would struggle badly if it ditched its IMF aid program, urging lawmakers to pass anti-corruption and pension reforms that the Fund has called for.

05 Sep 2017

Ex-Georgian leader risks extradition on return to Ukraine

KIEV Ukraine says it will review a request from Georgia to arrest and extradite former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, one of the most colourful and divisive figures in the politics of both countries, if he re-enters Ukraine in the next few days.

30 Aug 2017

Ukraine preparing to deport Russian journalist for "propaganda"

KIEV/MOSCOW Ukraine's state security service (SBU) will deport a Russian journalist whom Kiev accuses of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, days after barring two Spanish journalists from the country.

18 Aug 2017

Ukraine central bank warns of new cyber-attack risk

KIEV The Ukrainian central bank said on Friday it had warned state-owned and private lenders of the appearance of new malware as security services said Ukraine faced cyber attacks like those that knocked out global systems in June.

24 Jul 2017

Ukraine central bank wants to widen ban on local PwC unit

KIEV, July 24 Ukraine's central bank is to ask the Auditing Chamber of Ukraine to delist the local unit of PwC, a move that would effectively strip the global accounting firm of the ability to audit companies in the country.

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