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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.

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18 Jan 2018

Ukraine passes privatisation law needed for IMF aid

KIEV Ukrainian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday aimed at making the privatisation of more than 3,000 mostly loss-making state companies faster and more transparent, a step needed for Kiev to secure more aid from the International Monetary Fund.

16 Jan 2018

Ukraine central bank says PrivatBank was used for shady deals, money-laundering

KIEV Ukraine's central bank said on Tuesday an investigation into the country's largest lender, PrivatBank, which was taken into state control in 2016, showed it had been used for money-laundering and shady deals over the course of at least a decade.

09 Jan 2018

Dutch court orders freeze on Ukraine tycoon's assets

KIEV A Dutch court has issued a provisional order to freeze the Netherlands-based companies of the flagship business group owned by Ukraine's richest man in connection with a long-running $820 million lawsuit.

21 Dec 2017

Ukraine finance minister wars with chief prosecutor over PrivatBank

KIEV Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk called on the general prosecutor to be sacked on Thursday as wrangling over the nationalisation of the country's largest bank spilled out into the open.

21 Dec 2017

Ukraine MPs vote to withdraw law to spur creation of anti-corruption court

KIEV The Ukrainian parliament voted on Thursday to withdraw a law on the creation of an anti-corruption court, paving the way for the submission of a new law more in line with demands from backers, including the International Monetary Fund.

21 Dec 2017

Ukraine finance minister wars with chief prosecutor over PrivatBank

KIEV, Dec 21 Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk called on the general prosecutor to be sacked on Thursday as wrangling over the nationalisation of the country's largest bank spilled out into the open.

18 Dec 2017

Freezing IMF deal a key risk to Ukraine next year: central bank

KIEV Ukraine's central bank said on Monday a failure to cooperate with the International Monetary Fund and the inefficiency of state lenders were among the biggest risks to the country's financial stability next year.

11 Dec 2017

Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

KIEV Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili was freed from detention on Monday, after a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors' request to place him under house arrest - the latest twist in his dramatic standoff with the authorities.

08 Dec 2017

Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture former Georgia leader Saakashvili

KIEV Ukrainian police recaptured the former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on Friday, prompting further protests in central Kiev by his supporters who freed him from police custody earlier this week.

07 Dec 2017

Ukraine passes 2018 budget it says meets promises to IMF

KIEV The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday approved at the final reading the 2018 draft budget, which includes an adjusted deficit forecast that the finance ministry said was in line with Ukraine's fiscal commitments to the International Monetary Fund.

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