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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

09 Sep 2017

Sovereign wealth funds boost private investments in emerging markets

ASTANA Private market investments have become a crucial part of sovereign wealth funds' (SWF) portfolios, helping them better tap the potential of key emerging markets such as China and India, a Goldman Sachs Asset Management executive said.

26 Apr 2017

Exclusive - Uzbek president sidelines member of ruling triumvirate: sources

ALMATY Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the new president of Uzbekistan, has moved to consolidate his power by sidelining a member of the triumvirate that has ruled the ex-Soviet state since last year, two sources familiar with the government told Reuters.

07 Mar 2017

Exclusive: Uzbekistan's rulers at odds on reforms - sources

ALMATY The EBRD's return to Uzbekistan would be a victory for reformist President Shavkat Mirziyoyev but some of his other plans, such as a currency float, have been held up by disagreements with the powerful security chief, diplomatic and business sources say.

06 Mar 2017

Exclusive - EBRD to return to Uzbekistan after decade-long absence

LONDON/ALMATY The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will this week signal it is to ready to restart work in Uzbekistan after a decade-long absence, sources at the bank have told Reuters.

17 Feb 2017

As talks falter, Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

ASTANA With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase -- brokering an end to the fighting -- a tougher proposition.

08 Feb 2017

INTERVIEW-Banking sector woes are main challenge for Kazakhstan - IMF

ALMATY, Feb 8 The main challenge facing Central Asian oil exporter Kazakhstan is cleaning up a banking system saddled with bad loans, as it adjusts to lower crude prices, the head of the International Monetary Fund mission to the country told Reuters.

25 Jan 2017

Foreign powers back Syria truce deal, war erupts among rebels

ASTANA Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal.

23 Jan 2017

Expectations low as Syria's warring sides meet

ASTANA Syria's warring sides met for talks in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday, flanked by intermediary nations seeking to engineer steps towards a goal other negotiations have failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

23 Jan 2017

Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

ASTANA Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

13 Oct 2016

Exclusive - New Uzbek leader to share power due to clan rivalries: sources

ALMATY The man poised to become Uzbekistan's next president will have to share power with two other senior officials because rival clans have been unable to agree on an outright leader, sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring told Reuters.

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